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June 19, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

THE LATEST FROM THE GREEN ZONE....Our embassy in Baghdad may be the biggest, most fortified, and most expensive in the world, but it's still not good enough:

Ryan C. Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, bluntly told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a cable dated May 31 that the embassy in Baghdad — the largest and most expensive U.S. embassy — lacks enough well-qualified staff members.

...."He's panicking," said one government official who recently returned from Baghdad, adding that Crocker is carrying a heavy workload as the United States presses the Iraqi government to meet political benchmarks.

"You could use a well-managed political section of 50 people" who know what they are doing, the official said, but Crocker does not have it because many staffers assigned to the embassy are "too young for the job," or are not qualified and are "trying to save their careers" by taking an urgent assignment in Iraq.

Back in the early days of the war, the Bush administration deliberately disdained help from the career professionals in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, instead staffing the embassy with true believers from the Heritage Foundation and elsewhere who were more interested in trying out crackpot flat tax theories than in actually getting Iraq running. That didn't work so well, and now that the ideologues have left in disgrace everyone has decided that we need the pros after all. Unsurprisingly, though, after having been tarred as striped-pants appeasers by the right-wing lunatic crowd for the past four years — "Arabist" being about on par with "pederast" in the lexicon of the neocon visionaries who led us into Iraq — it turns out that the pros aren't especially keen on being left holding the bag for the disaster that the right-wing loons have left them. Can you blame them?

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Posted by: Bob on June 19, 2007 at 3:05 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like a job for Regent University.

Posted by: jerry on June 19, 2007 at 3:10 AM | PERMALINK

Damn Kevin. That was pretty hard hitting for the most staid fellow in the blogosphere.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on June 19, 2007 at 3:20 AM | PERMALINK

Good on ya, mate. Let these bowtied bastards stew in their own thinning juices.

Posted by: Kenji on June 19, 2007 at 3:47 AM | PERMALINK

What would you expect, though, when doctrinal fidelity is more prized than competence?

The most anyone can expect after suffering through service in Iraq is being petted on the head by Bush, God's servant on earth, and being told you've done a heckuva job. That's it.

Posted by: bad Jim on June 19, 2007 at 3:56 AM | PERMALINK

(I wonder why so many speakers of Arabic admit to being, or claim to be, gay. It's unlikely that learning Arabic tangles your chromosomes or gonads and actually toggles your Brangelina switch. Maybe some guys are declining to serve and taking the obvious out.)

Posted by: bad Jim on June 19, 2007 at 4:04 AM | PERMALINK

Sorta like being asked to step aboard the sinking ship while the rats take off with the lifeboats.

Who'd want it?

This administration oozes sticky, glutinous, stinking incompetence.

Trouble is I still can't see that the Secretary of State knows what she is about (listen to her on Gaza and the West Bank right now), and, having been the NSA who helped get this SNAFU started, she's not in the position to say "My department told you what was needed!"

In fact, I'd have to say that CR has been the most highly appointed member of the dishonorable company of Bush incompetents, right ahead of Rumsfeld and Gonzales.

Posted by: notthere on June 19, 2007 at 4:20 AM | PERMALINK

Wasn't Bush just on the radio, complaining about wasteful spending? The dumb ass. Why aren't the right-wingers complaining about the massive waste of taxpayer dollars on this "embassy" (read, imperial palace) in Baghdad?

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on June 19, 2007 at 6:00 AM | PERMALINK

Ramsey's first principle of management.

Ain't nobody gonna do you a favor if you treat them like shit.

Posted by: Jim Ramsey on June 19, 2007 at 6:07 AM | PERMALINK

How about Ken Mehlman, Rumsfeld? Bush and Rove will be looking for work soon. I hear Bolton is looking for action.

Jest sayin'

Posted by: IntelVet on June 19, 2007 at 6:16 AM | PERMALINK

FYI, the embassy compound has room for only a fraction of the people needed for Iraqi reconstruction. A civilian friend of our living in the Green Zone "sleeps" in a trailer wearing his kevlar vest and helmet to bed each night, worried a mortor will come in over the top and land on his flimsy little house -- as the shells are doing with increasing frequency.

You know, when reconstruction began the GOP treated Iraq like a free market economics laboratory, sending free market missionaries over to try out all kinds of crackpot libertarian theories. These partisan IR hacks are so out of touch it's like they are from another planet. As they rationalize it, Iraq just isn't "ready" for them yet. Nor are the rest of us.

It's amazing what a narrow set of conditions has to exist for pure, free market economics to work in some fashion. Ethnic homogeneity, apparently, is one of those conditions.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on June 19, 2007 at 6:26 AM | PERMALINK

It's amazing what a narrow set of conditions has to exist for pure, free market economics to work in some fashion.

It's amazing to me too just how large a part good old-fashioned cronyism seems to play in their realized ideals.

Posted by: snicker-snack on June 19, 2007 at 6:48 AM | PERMALINK

Paul Wolfowitz is has some free time now. Ask him to pick up a broom.

Posted by: jimbo on June 19, 2007 at 7:18 AM | PERMALINK

sending free market missionaries over to try out all kinds of crackpot libertarian theories.

Well, yeah, except that invading a foreign country to change its economic system is inherently illibertarian. So don't go trying to pin the blame for this fiasco on us!

I'm all for the free market, when the people of a nation choose it instead of having it imposed by an unpopular occupation of dubious legitimacy.

Posted by: Philip the Equal Opportunity Cynic on June 19, 2007 at 8:00 AM | PERMALINK

Bush said last week he would veto the out of control spending by the Democrats how about controlling himself, wanting to give Abbas $42 million dollars, Hey George thats kind of action is like a uncontrolable drunken sailor spending money OH I forgot you are a drunk are'nt you. Somebody please put this ignorant SOB out of his misery dumb delusional bastard.

Posted by: Al on June 19, 2007 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK

This is the Kevin I've been missing. Welcome back!

I don't know if it's just me - and I don't mean any offense by this - but the last couple of weeks or so you really seemed like you were phoning it in.

The kind of analysis / sarcasm / righteous indignation we've been missing! :)

Posted by: chuck on June 19, 2007 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

I worked for a year as a detailee from another Gov't agency to the DoS at the USEmb in Baghdad in 2006. The FSOs I worked with tried to do their best. However, you always had to deal with "sins of those who came before" because they left the system in such poor shape. The FSOs, some of which were on multiple tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, are trying to make the best out of an ever worsening situation. The post was always understaffed.

Posted by: tex1984 on June 19, 2007 at 8:26 AM | PERMALINK

Who could have known that it would take people with expertise developed over a number of years to handle the reconstruction of Iraq?

Posted by: Lucy on June 19, 2007 at 8:28 AM | PERMALINK

Well, yeah, except that invading a foreign country to change its economic system is inherently illibertarian.

I'll admit that I have my criticisms of the libertarian philosophy (esp. as regards labor and environmental standards), but I will also admit that this caveat applies. The libertarian philosophy as it applies to foreign policy, as I have come to understand it, is quite non-interventionist, and I find this to be wise.

Posted by: chuck on June 19, 2007 at 8:40 AM | PERMALINK

Jeez, go figure. The US Embassy in Iraq was built as a monument to the neocon vision of Iraq after Saddam, friend of the US, showcase of neo-con free-market-built democracy. We were going to be there forever and their oil was ours to waste. So even the Embassy has been a huge f**k-up.

Still, I would feel a whole lot better about the meltdown of Bushco if I thought that the national media and Democrats had any comprehension of how this mess came to be and what we need to do about it. Instead, we get a rebound Clinton. And meanwhile, the question is rapidly becoming whether there will be any competent professional people left in government after 8 years of Bushco.

Posted by: PTate in FR on June 19, 2007 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

My brother works for the State dept. He's been saying for years that there are lots of both carrots and sticks being applied to try to get people to go to Iraq. The smarter one see what a clusterf**k it is and stay away, so the ones that they do get are likely to be the ones with fewer options and/or less perceptivity. So I'd imagine it'll be VERY difficult to staff up with good experienced people.

Like the rest of Iraq, the U.S. mission there is in a death spiral.

Posted by: jimBOB on June 19, 2007 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, that was a very gracefully written post. Your last paragraph was quite deliciously composed.

Posted by: shortstop on June 19, 2007 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

Your last paragraph was quite deliciously composed.

A veritable wordsalad of crisp phrases and leafy prose expertly drizzled with a scathing rejoinder vinaigrette.

Perfect for cleansing an intellectual intestinal tract clogged with rotting pieces of equivocation, untruth and spin.

Posted by: skeg on June 19, 2007 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder who the Clinton or Obama Adminisration will send over to the Embassay or will they just abandon Iraq. I doubt that many of the prep schooled, Ivy leaguers that will dominate either administration will be wanting to go to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Posted by: superdestroyer on June 19, 2007 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

Bill Richardson has fired a salvo at the other Dem candidates on that very topic. Which promise to *completely* leave Iraq? And, of course, which promise to leave, but only partly.

Today they're supposed to speak at a convention, so we oughta see some interesting news stories by this evening.

Posted by: MarkH on June 19, 2007 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

There IS a free market solution to this problem. If you need 50 qualified people, offer them a million/year, plus a million dollar sign-on bonus pro-rated over the next two years. (In particular, it has to be much more money than Bush is making.) $50 million is not even 0.1% of our yearly spending in Iraq; if this would improve our expected outcome by more than 0.1%, it's a win. Furthermore, once you are paying them that much, their opinions automatically become more valuable, and maybe some of the bozos driving this bus will listen to them. We could probably pay them $10 million/year and still get our money's worth.

I have perhaps spend too much time in the free market myself, often on the wrong end of it, but in general, talk is cheap; when someone really has a problem that they really want solved, money magically appears. Otherwise, they're just trying to con you. (Of course, when money appears, so does a mob of snake-oil salesmen, all peddling their personal panaceas.)

Posted by: dr2chase on June 19, 2007 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

I hear that the army fired 50 gay arab translators last month. Maybe if you paid em a million each ....

Posted by: Northern Observer on June 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

"You could use a well-managed political section of 50 people" who know what they are doing, the official said, but Crocker does not have it because many staffers assigned to the embassy are "too young for the job," or are not qualified and are "trying to save their careers"

Look, we could use 50 well-managed people who know what they are doing in the government back in the US Executive Branch, as well. I say until we get them in place that the Baghdad embassy has to take second priority.....

Posted by: Stefan on June 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

Some bushlickers may accuse me of being unpatriotic for saying so, but anything that impedes the imperial project is a good thing. Our priority should be to see that the Iraqis stop leaving their country in droves, and to give them all the help they need to rebuild what we have destroyed.

Posted by: gregor on June 19, 2007 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

--->...."He's panicking," said one government official who recently returned from Baghdad, adding that Crocker is carrying a heavy workload as the United States presses the Iraqi government to meet political benchmarks.

Whoa, a government suit boy caught panicking? Calm down, son, and have a hit of this. It will make your feet tingle and your eyes roll back up into yer skull.

The bad vibes in Iraq are from war, and war is wrought by the man in the machine that kills. You strip out the soldiers and the guns and the attack helicopters and who's there left to kick against? Ain't nothing worse that putting a war machine down in a country and wondering why peace ain't breaking out.

Peace doesn't break out when there's guns and killers all about the situation. You need to chill will that, let the ebb and flow of ideas take over. Freedom of speech and letting people talk and antagonize and organize will do the trick. Iraqis are all the same as everybody else, forget the bullshit about religion and all that. They want social justice and you can't get social justice when there's bombs and whatnot screaming down all around you.

They should have fewer cops. I see cops everywhere in Iraq--big part of the problem, ya ask me. People can't chill when there's a cop every ten feet hassling people.

Posted by: One toke over the lime on June 19, 2007 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

Actually, I can blame them.

Bush & Co's irresponsible jacktard behavior doesn't mean everyone else gets to be irresponsible jacktards, too.

Posted by: Model 62 on June 19, 2007 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

As if it needs repeating:

When Iraqi reconstruction began, Bush sent over $12billion dollars in cash. (Cash!) It was sent over on wooden pallets. That money disappeared. Gone. Unaccounted for.

That's what the Iraq War was fought for. The right to steal more money than has ever been stolen before.


Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on June 19, 2007 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

now that the ideologues have left in disgrace

Just exactly when did this happen? I must have missed it in the papers.

Posted by: ckelly on June 19, 2007 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

"Arabist" being about on par with "pederast" in the lexicon of the neocon visionaries who led us into Iraq..."

Nice piece of writing Kevin. Poetic, biting, erudite. Really nice.

Posted by: gab on June 19, 2007 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

"The people here are heroic. I need more people, and that's the thing, not that the people who are here shouldn't be here or couldn't do it." Crocker said he does not know why the changes he is pressing for had not taken place sooner.

So, it isn't that he has a bunch of hacks from the Heritage Foundation, he just doesn't have enough...

Crocker also called for ensuring that responsibility for recruiting and assigning personnel for the embassy rests with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which covers the Middle East and North Africa. All other bureau assignments "should be held until there are sufficient bidders with requisite qualifications for Iraq positions," Crocker wrote.

Crocker, in the interview, said the human resources department does not have the capacity to make sure the best people are placed in Baghdad. "They can't do this," he said, whereas the Near East bureau, which oversees Baghdad, has the skills to "identify the right people with the right skill sets." State Department officials acknowledge that hiring has been haphazard, but a team has been set up in the Near East bureau to work with the personnel department.

Nevermind...

Crocker is a real diplomat...speaks out of both sides of his mouth and one side doesn't know what the other is saying.

Posted by: majun on June 19, 2007 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Do you think they care?

Look, State is the enemy, or at least a version of it, to the Neocons. They don't particularly WANT a functioning diplomatic mission, nor do they give a flying f**k about functioning instruments of civil governance in Iraq. In fact, a little chaos isn't such a bad thing -- it keeps other countries busy.

They want boots on the ground to keep the oil flowing to Western oilcos. That's about it -- anything else is gravy.

You don't need a big, functional embassy for that. You need a coupla divisions of troops and a handful of enforcers who periodically show up at senior Iraqi leaders' offices to send a chill down their backs.

So who cares? State's problem is State's problem. Keeps them busy too.

Posted by: bleh on June 19, 2007 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

WTF? Now it's Jimmy Carter's fault?

Jeez, the collapse of the Right's hive-mind is even worse than we knew...

Posted by: bleh on June 19, 2007 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

is mhr just an emacs mode like liza or parry, or sippy?

Posted by: Conrad "Con" Sordino on June 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Crocker, in the interview, said the human resources department does not have the capacity to make sure the best people are placed in Baghdad. "They can't do this," he said, whereas the Near East bureau, which oversees Baghdad, has the skills to "identify the right people with the right skill sets."

Yeah, I'd be panicking too if I were just placed in charge of the bozos in the Green Zone given the tough interview questions they've been asking the candidates who made it through over the past four years:

"Are you against Roe v. Wade?"

"Did you vote for Bush/Cheney in 2001? In 2004?"

"Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Party?"

"Do you support capital punishment?"

"How many college credits have you completed?"

Posted by: tRex on June 19, 2007 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

mhr's flailing and frothing is pretty funny.
What's wrong, you only went back 30 years?

Carter was astonished and did nothing

As opposed to Reagan who surreptitiously negotiated with Iran and terrorists.

Posted by: ckelly on June 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

As opposed to Reagan who surreptitiously negotiated with Iran and terrorists. Posted by: ckelly on June 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Didn't mhr state we've been at war with Iran since 1979?

Doesn't s/he realize this makes Reagan, et al. traitors for selling arms to them?

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on June 19, 2007 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

...and the hits just keep on coming.

This whole Iraq thing always reminds me of the Kevin Bacon role in "Animal House" when, as crowd control officer, Bacon's character steadfastly refuses to change direction, shouting at the top of his lungs "ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!" as the masses stampede over him.

I can just see it now: old Georgie boy lazin' aroun' the White House in his own "COLLEGE" t-shirt, feet up on the couch, sucking down a couple of cold ones, watching that movie, reminiscing about his own Frat House shenanigans. Ahhh the good ole'days.

Posted by: ny patriot on June 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

As tRex points out, The book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City has the fascinating details:
…To pass muster with O'Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts, applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.
O'Beirne's staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the US occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade….

Jim O'Beirne is the spouse of Kate O'Beirne, Republican hack who is always on TV spouting the latest iteration of the Party Line.
What ever happened to that elected government of Iraq that loyal Bushies speak of so reverently?

Posted by: Mike on June 19, 2007 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

About why so many Arabic translators are leaving the Army ... it strikes me that one of the main things they would be sent to do would be to translate for "interrogations" at places like Gitmo and Abu Ghraib. I wouldn't be too surprised if people have gotten wind of what was in store for them and decided that enabling torture wasn't their cup of tea.

Posted by: soren on June 19, 2007 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

I liked the part at the end, after alleveryone wants a boss trying to get you killed (or at least trying to relax a federal law protecting you from gettng killed):

"Crocker's cable also complained about the "overly restrictive" security rules that the diplomats must operate under because of a law passed after the 1983 bombing of the Beirut embassy. "If the Department's normal standards for operation were fully applied, we would not have a diplomatic presence in Iraq," he wrote. "We do, and we must." He asked for authority to operate under less restrictive military standards, as necessary.

Crocker, in the interview, said diplomats are "not able to do the job needed," such as meet with officials in cities such as Najaf, under the security rules.

State Department officials acknowledge that the law did not envision a situation such as Iraq and that department lawyers are examining whether it can be interpreted to give Crocker additional flexibility.

If military standards "are good enough for them, they should be good enough for us," Crocker said. "We are all in the same fight." "

Posted by: beowulf on June 19, 2007 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

When Iraqis finally overrun the embassy and destroy it, it will be too bad those Republican toadies will not be there to suffer the consequences of their beliefs.

Posted by: Brojo on June 19, 2007 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

Anecdote morphing into paranoia time...while we are on the subject of American embassies.

My husband and I were at a party recently, with about 20 people, mixed, French and American, in our region of France. The young American consul was there as well. What was interesting is that she had zero interest in my husband and I, although we were new to the group, obviously American and there aren't that many Americans in this part of France. This is so different from my experience of American consuls in the past that it really made me wonder.

Specifically, I wonder if there is a scandal in the State Department comparable to the Justice department scandal, that of people being promoted or fired based solely on loyalty to Bushies. The embassy in Iraq may not be the only embassy that is suffering from unqualified people. If Bushco has successfully purged the State Department of seasoned professional career Foreign Service officers, the longterm damage internationally boggles the mind.

Posted by: PTate in FR on June 19, 2007 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

PTate,

Since you mentioned she's young and presumably a new FS officer, it could be more like the Army fiasco (as opposed to the Justice fiasco)-- because there's a shooting war on, its hard to get qualified "recruits" to join knowing they very likely face a year in Iraq in their near future.

Or maybe you and your husband just rubbed her the wrong way. :o)

Posted by: beowulf on June 19, 2007 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

Not only are "people who know what they are doing" not interested in cleaning up Bush's mess, but they know that, even if they went over, they wouldn't be allowed to try. It's not like our policy has changed and they've now decided to listen to people who know what they are talking about.

What Crocker actually wants is a bunch of people who can make their proven-to-be-unworkable policies start to work. That's impossible. "People who know what they are doing" understand that. Only idiots or the desperate would sign up to try.

Posted by: biggerbox on June 19, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Experienced hands are suppsoed to go in to clean up the neo-cons messes? I don't think so. Can you say moral hazard?

Posted by: aretino on June 19, 2007 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK


tex1984: The post was always understaffed.

aren't jenna and barbara available?

Posted by: mr. irony on June 19, 2007 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

Bill Richardson has fired a salvo at the other Dem candidates on that very topic. Which promise to *completely* leave Iraq? And, of course, which promise to leave, but only partly.

Fucking idiot. It's more than blatantly obvious that there are no good solutions to this qwagmire, so this internecine strife over which solution is more or less awful just plays into the hands of the culprits.

Posted by: ogmb on June 19, 2007 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Its funny when the US Army comes into an area, the terrorists who arn't killed, just slink back to the shadows. Kinda like the neocons when the light of reason starts to shine upon them and their actions .. they slink away and disappear into the darkness leaving their mess for others to clean up. Meanwhile they're looking for the next project to screw up. Isn't that their reason for being .. they so believe the government is inept, they go in and screw things up so the govt can be blamed. Self perpetuating prophecy ..

Posted by: Erika on June 19, 2007 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

bleh: "WTF? Now it's Jimmy Carter's fault?

"Jeez, the collapse of the Right's hive-mind is even worse than we knew..."

Indeed. On Sunday, in the grocery store parking lot, I got the first note ever under my windshield reacting to my bumper stickers.

My stickers read "Your honor student will pay for George Bush's tax cuts." and "Support America. Support the troops. Impeach Bush."

The note read "Liberal asshole. Grow up."

Pithy, I guess, but not brimming with substance. And why now? The tax cut sticker has been on there for about five years. I think the ever-growing disparity between reality and wingnut fantasy is melting wingnut brains everywhere.

Posted by: cowalker on June 19, 2007 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

"State Department officials acknowledge that hiring has been haphazard, but a team has been set up in the Near East bureau to work with the personnel department."
_______________________

Aren't career State Department personnel subject to involuntary assignment? DOD has long argued that State and other departments have not pulled their weight in Iraq. If Secretary Rice really wanted to do something, couldn't she have orders issued assigning whomever is needed to the Bagdad embassy?

Heck, they could even use it to remove the uncooperative, in a similar fashion that DOD uses undesirable defense attache slots to get rid of excess colonels. For decades now, every time there's been a manpower drawdown, the Services will "offer" an assignment as the defense attache to Colombia or some other unappetizing spot. Each nasty location is usually good for six or seven colonels to "seven day option" and put in their retirement papers.

Posted by: Trashhauler on June 20, 2007 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Taps oer' U.S. Embassy in Iraq

As the fat lady sings;
in the rockets' red glare;
who sucks up the blame;
that the flag pole's gone bare?

Somebody has to give the order to abandon Emerald City.
Some Iraqi group is going to be video'd celebrating, flag raising, flag burning and effigy burning as they enter the Palais de Bush hubris. Will it be Sunnis or Shiite Sadrists? God forbid al Quaeda will even have a cameo appearance.
Bush, on his watch, will never withdraw the troops needed to keep our Embassy operating.
He will let this political conflagration happen on the next, presumably Democrat', President's watch.
The world will not soon forget this spectacle when it happens.
It is a political fireball that may sear and burn for decades.
______________
Just something to think about!

Labels: american embassy, baghdad, emerald city, cognitorex

Posted by: Craig Johnson on June 21, 2007 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Does anyway care about the almost dozen mortars/rockets that landed in the green zone yesterday? I do since my sons trailor was blown up just after they vacated it. Let us remember in the "highly fortified green zone" are not just high ranking officials. We have young men and women that are over there serving their country.
I think the Presidents daughters should be there, maybe then Bush would see the need to end all this bring our troops home.
I am a proud but scared Army mom!

Posted by: A soldiers mom on June 22, 2007 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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