Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Richard L. Stockman
Q: What was the atmosphere of the Embassy as far as you were concerned?
STOCKMAN: Not atypical of Central American embassies. It was a huge US AID operation more than anything else. I quite frankly have utterly no respect for that organization. It is a very harsh criticism, but it is a bureaucracy in its own right that in my opinion accomplished very, very little constructive. There is a lot of propaganda, a lot of smoke blowing, but you don't see results. Never did in any of the countries where I served.
Q: Well, then you moved from this not exactly heaven on earth to Singapore from 1971-73. Now that must have been a pleasant contrast.
STOCKMAN: Well, it was for several reasons. The way the assignment came about was not exactly what we hoped for. My intent in those days, we were allowed to start bidding on assignments if you recall...democracy had set in in the assignment process...and I thought it would be a good idea to pick a Far Eastern assignment, one that was English speaking...and we had either Australia or New Zealand in mind...because it would help my wife improve her English and keep her in that environment. Latin America, of course, would throw her right back into her previous environment. We made the bids and Singapore was the result. It was very welcome for us.
Q: Was it an embassy at that time?
STOCKMAN: Yes, it was.
Q: What was the situation in Singapore?