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Ambassador Crocker on Iraq and Afghanstan

September 7, 2009

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, along with General Petraeus, are two of my heroes in the difficult story of Iraq and Afghanistan. This long interview in Newsweek captures what I think is both the right analysis of what happened- both right and wrong.

What he also personifies, along with Petraeus, is the right tone– one that seeks the succes of US and humanitarian interests, recognizes that there is a military and diplomatic side of success, and doesn’t spend a lot of effort on venting his spleen in finding blame for the many failures of the past years. Well worth reading the whole thing.

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