US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad is tired of being undermined by opponents in the White House and by elements of Iraq’s unstable regime end-running him to influence rivals of his in the administration. He is reportedly on the verge of quitting.
Khalilzad’s abrupt departure from the diplomatic scene will worsen the mess in Iraq. Khalilzad is someone who gets the general problems in Iraq — despite his impotence in doing much to solve the problems there — and knows how vital regional deal-making is with many of the players we officially refuse to speak to.
We should be firing Rumsfeld, paralyzing Cheney and his team, and promoting Khalilzad to be the first Muslim Deputy Secretary of State.
TWN‘s nomination for the NEXT US Ambassador to Iraq: RICK SANTORUM. . .because he remains a top Bush loyalist, thinks things are going swimmingly there, and is about to lose his Senate seat.
Santorum in Iraq would be the perfect appointment.
— Steve Clemons