How Does That Happen?
The Economist has a little background on Ryan Crocker head of the U.S. political mission in Iraq (by way of USA Today):
Fluent in Arabic (20 months at the State Department’s school in Tunis, postings in six Arab countries), and having studied Farsi early in his career as well, he’s also a glutton for tough jobs: an old colleague says of him and Petraeus both, “they love to go out in the desert and live on scorpions.” He was blown up against the wall by the bombing of America’s embassy in Beirut in 1983, and then immediately went to look for survivors.
They they go on to ask the question I have been asking for a while: How does President Bush pass by two top quality candidates in Zalmay Khalilzad and Ryan Crocker; people with decades of experience and results. How does he appoint Jay Garner and Paul Bremer instead.
I guess it is another data point for the Bush presidency.