"requests for a delay from ... the White House and the State Department."
If I ran Texas, I'd tell the White House and State Department: "Sure, as long as you pay for all costs from here on out." Question: does the law require that the consulate in question also meet with the relatives of the raped, battered and murdered girl?
One basic mistake: Ms Hackett apparently thinks the government serves (or should serve) the people. Almost no one in the government bureaucracy believes this - they think the people of this country are there to do as they are told.
Good idea. And they should not refer to themselves or their charges as Swedish, or even European, to avoid stereotyping. Indeed, they should be soft-pedaling the use of "human being" - never know what damage that kind of stereotyping might do.
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.