“Why is it,” she asked, “after all we have given — 4,024 American lives, gone; more than half-a-billion dollars spent; all this for the Iraqi people, but it’s the Iranian president who is greeted with kisses and flowers?”
She warmed to: “He got a red-carpet treatment, and we are losing our sons and daughters every single day for the Iraqis to be free. It is irritating is my point.”
Ambassador Crocker dryly assured the senator from California that he believed that Dick Cheney had also gotten kissed on his visit to Iraq. " Dowd
Yeah, Crocker’s weltschmerz is a little hard to take. Foreign Service officers cultivate this air of resigned sophistication. Generals cultivate the "can do" projection of enthusiasm for all causes sponsored by "the man." Ah, well. Each trade to its peculiar professional deformation.
Bayh had it right, "we don’t know where we are going or when we will get there."
Someone wrote to me that Wolf Blitzer said these men are not "political appointees?" Really? He should ask Abizeid, Casey and any number of others about that. Anyone who must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the senate is a political appointee.
These two men are mere functionaries. George Bush is the man responsible for whatever we think we can call policy in the Middle East. We should never forget that. pl