Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Something so right?

Finally, it looks like the U.S. has done something right in Iraq. The appointment of Ryan Crocker as U.S. ambassador to that country could be a stroke of genius, or whatever has been lacking so far. Crocker speaks Arabic and has experience in other diplomatic hotspots around the world. Five years ago, Crocker warned the Bush administration that an Iraq attack could 'unleash long-repressed sectarian and ethnic tensions" and could provoke Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Well, we know what happened. Crocker was right. Could it be that we have the right guy in the job for once? Of course, this only works if the Iraq government we set up and protect can stay in power on its own. This seems to be a very risky prospect. Iraqi Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds seem to hate eachother more than they love their country. They are acting as if they would rather see the government fail, and chaos ensue, than make the compromises needed to settle outstanding issues and commit to lasting cooperation.

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