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  • n. A diplomat or civil servant.


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  • Truman memorably told Eban in 1950 that most of the "striped-pants boys in the State Department are against my policy of supporting Israel," but they'll "soon find out who's the President of the United States."

    The World's Deadly Obsession With Israel

  • When that occurs, if it does, Mr. Llorens may save face in the striped-pants circuit, but his tenure in Honduras, and our government's treatment of the Honduran people, will remain, as they have been, shameful.

    Honduras's Removal of Manuel Zelaya Was No Coup

  • This is not diplomacy; this is counter-intelligence spying by the striped-pants or pants-suited set.

    Phyllis Bennis: WikiLeaks: War, Diplomacy & Ban ki-Moon's Toothbrush

  • They controlled our Congress all throughout the first half of the twentieth century through their filthy WASPish cousins and for even longer in the striped-pants set at Foggy Bottom.

    Protocols Of The Learned Interns Of Zion | ATTACKERMAN

  • In presenting herself to Congress to become Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton at the least showed she will have little trouble conversing in the soft talk of the striped-pants set.

    Clinton Money: The 'Committee's View'

  • When George Bush delivered his "axis of evil" speech to Congress, American diplomats were almost as jarred as the allies -- so much so that Secretary of State Colin Powell had to instruct his striped-pants set not to undermine the president by trying to "take the edge off" his words.


  • Clinton may have a fumbly touch on traditional striped-pants and gunboats diplomacy.

    Why The Mexican Crisis Matters

  • By then, Truman had decided that the "striped-pants boys" at the State Department who put Jews "in the same category as Chinamen and Negroes" were trying to "put it over on me about Palestine."

    A Case of Courage

  • He was never as influential as he claimed, nor even as wicked: pace von Kloberg, there are plenty of sissies with no shame, which is why many of his clients didn't want for pals in the State Department and other bastions of striped-pants foreign-policy "realism" whose unreality 9/11 blew apart.

    The Pariah Guy

  • That, of course, was not exactly striped-pants diplomatic language.

    Lone Star Planet


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