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So, it’s Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
Perhaps you slept in, after staying up late to watch the results of the elections. The results are okay. They suggest shy grounds for hope among those of us who dearly love our country and pray it will retain those qualities that cause us to love it — or hope, at least, that it will continue to exist, because as you’ve probably noticed, things are getting awfully hairy out there, and we’re all kind of wondering.
The phone rings. You answer groggily, but you pull yourself together fast when you realize, to your surprise, that the voice on the other end of the phone is the president-elect’s. For a second, you’re baffled — is this a hoax? Why me? — but no, the voice quickly persuades you that it’s not a joke at all: He (or she) has been reading you on Ricochet, likes the cut of your jib, and feels you couldn’t possibly make a worse hash of our foreign policy than the last few we’ve had, so why not?
You accept. What else can you do. Your country needs you. (Don’t look at me that way. Somebody has do it.)
You’re now the United States Secretary of State.
So, Mr. or Madame Secretary, what will your first 100 days on the job look like? If it’s this bad today, I reckon it’ll be a lot worse by then. How do you plan to sort out this infernal mess?