John Kael Weston who spent four years as a State Department political officer in Iraq penned an Op-Ed in yesterday’s edition of NYT, Where’s Our Man in Iraq?
“The list of issues that will confront our new ambassador is long: Arab-Kurd tensions. The lack of an oil revenue-sharing law. The status of the city of Kirkuk. Iran as next-door neighbor. Disputed territories. Nonsectarian security forces. New governing coalitions. Human rights for detainees. (Abu Ghraib hangs heavily here still.) To make progress on each front, an ambassador’s last-word voice — sometimes soft and sometimes loud — is required in delicate, closed-door discussions with Iraqi leaders.”
Read the whole thing here.
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