Another Obama wunderkind appointment?
But current and former State Department officials told The Cable that confirming Starr could be a mistake and raised a string of fresh allegations against him. Among them: that the man who is supposed to oversee thousands of new security agents has shot himself in the foot. And not just figuratively.
“Starr literally shot himself in the foot when drawing an unauthorized small caliber weapon out of his ankle holster,” said a current State Department official, referring to an incident in 1981.
“Mishandling of firearms is a big no no in the foreign service,” added a former DS official.
Of course a single mishap, three decades past, shouldn’t disqualify someone from a top security post. But this was hardly the only blemish on Starr’s record, his current and former State Department colleagues say.