Dearth of Arabic-speakers working for U.S. govt

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/11/AR2007041102110_pf.html

The government has widely acknowledged its failure to recruit those who understand the languages and cultures of the Middle East and Asia, as well as its inability to provide timely security clearances for those it has recruited. The FBI reported in October that just 1 percent of its 12,000 agents knew even a handful of Arabic words and the Iraq Study Group last year found only six fluent Arabic speakers among 1,000 employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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