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Ryan Crocker

US Will Back the 'Appropriately Vetted' in Syria. Huh?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The White House formally submitted its $500 million request to Congress on June 26. The money would go to train and equip "appropriately vetted" members of the Syrian opposition. That's a lot different from "moderate rebel forces," and it is yet another indication that we simply do not know who the "moderates" are in Syria.

On the 'Good Guys' in Syria, John McCain Ain't Got a Clue

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

It almost sounds as if Mr. McCain is more concerned that he let down the "good guys" in Syria than he is about the possibility that his ideas and his judgment may be dead wrong, and that America (and the world) could pay dearly for listening to him.

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Nominee Charged With DUI

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday he would nominate former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, despite...

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Military Force

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Strength and power are "hawkish" words -- kind of like shock and awe. Words don't necessarily get you into conflict but the attitudes behind them can.

Joshua Hersh

Ryan Crocker: Cases Of Afghans Killing NATO Military Counterparts Can Be 'Personal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.25.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker confirmed that he would be stepping down from his post at some po...

Joshua Hersh

US Ambassador To Afghanistan Tries To Keep Upbeat Outlook After Assassination Of Peace Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan tried to preserve an upbeat perspective on peace talks in an interview on Sunday, a day that ...

Secret U.S. Cable Warned About Pakistani Havens

The Washington Post | Posted 02.24.2012 | World

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan sent a top-secret cable to Washington last month warning that the persistence of enemy havens in Pakistan was placi...

Security Jitters in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan and NATO forces ended a 24-hour attack by militants on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in what has been a secure district in Kabul, raising new concerns about Afghanistan's security.

U.S. Ambassador Blames Haqqani Network For Kabul Attack

Posted 11.14.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack again...

Lowering America's War Ceiling?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's as if Washington's leading political players, aided and abetted by the media's love of the horserace, had eaten LSD-laced brownies, then gone on stage before an audience of millions to enact a psychotic spectacle of American decline.

Obama's Biggest Problems Still Lie Abroad

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
William Bradley

President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...

Conservatives Back Obama On Afghanistan

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Prominent conservative foreign policy thinkers and activists who backed the Iraq war are circulating a letter to President Obama supporting his engage...

History Has Not Yet Judged Bush

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Certainly Bush's rewriting of his Iraq legacy will be helped by his decision to reverse his earlier policies, abandoning the idealism of the top-down reinvention of Iraq, for reality-based pragmatism.

Success in Iraq? Think Again.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rick Horowitz

See, in a world where things aren't connected to other things -- where you get to handle one thing at a time, in a vacuum, at the pace you choose -- maybe you could consider the war in Iraq a success.

US Ambassadors Getting Slotted By Obama Team

The Cable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the recent Gen. Anthony Zinni case demonstrates, behind the scenes and mostly under the radar, the Obama administration is busy slotting U.S. ambas...

Obama Picks Non-Arabic Speaker As Iraq Ambassador

AP/Washington Post | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Christopher Hill, the Bush administration's lead negotiator with North Korea, is the leading candidate to become the next U.S. Ambassad...

Out of Iraq in 16 Months: Yes We Can -- Yes We Must

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Wavering on his promise to withdraw from Iraq in 16 months could damage the credibility of Obama's claim that his election represented fundamental change.

Jason Linkins

Joe Biden On Iraq: Staying Is "Killing Us"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Joe Biden continued to press his argument against the administration's strategy on Iraq across the TV dial this morning. On the Today Show, h...

En Route To Germany, Obama Praises Petraeus And Crocker

Politico | Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In advance of his Thursday address in Berlin, Obama chats with reporters on the plane, Carrie Budoff Brown reports: Asked if he expected a million sc...

Jason Linkins

WaPo's Milbank Compares GOP Lawmakers To Prostitutes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As extraordinary as it may be to see Republican lawmakers throwing dispute and critique in the direction of White House darling General David Petraeus...

Jason Linkins

Crocker Continues To Conflate Sunni Resistance With al Qaeda

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the problems at the root of the so-called "surge" is that it was sold as a means to bring about a broad reconciliation between warring factions...

The Senators Grill Petraeus; My Brother Messages Me From Iraq

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

As the Senate hearing on Iraq was winding down, I received an IM from my brother Sam, a soldier in Iraq. He's asking the same thing as the senators: "What are we doing here?"

White House And Pentagon Agree That Iraqi Forces Remain Unprepared To Take Over Security Mission

The New York Times | THOM SHANKER and STEVEN LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Bush prepares to address the nation Thursday about the state of the Iraq War, The New York Times is reporting that the White House and Pe...