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Michigan, USA - “Chaldeans remain unsure about the sincerity and commitment of the current U.S. administration policies,” says Mathew Qashat, 26, of Wayne State University. The part-time law student rejected an invitation to join other Chaldean Christians, as well as Muslim Arabs, to hear CIA Director Leon Panetta speak. The outspoken law student has studied Middle Eastern affairs and plans on practicing international law. Qashat is fluent in three languages and stands to be the type of candidate the U.S. would want to appeal to as a new chapter in Middle Eastern diplomacy is being built.
“To me, it is a dog and pony show. What this administration needs to make clear is that they can be trusted. With each new administration we have promises being broken and backs being stabbed. Obama’s administration needs to show real tangible support, both in America and abroad in areas of security, economic recovery, and accountability.”
Panetta visited Dearborn in an effort to boost CIA recruitment efforts in Arab and Muslim communities, where the agency hopes to attract more applicants with Middle Eastern language and cultural expertise.