Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

posted at 8:41 am on June 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The ambassador who represented the US in both war zones under both the Bush and Obama administrations wonders why John Kerry isn’t winging his way to Baghdad in this crisis. Ryan Crocker served as the US ambassador in Baghdad during and after the surge, and then went to Kabul as ambassador until 2012, working to increase high-level contacts between both governments and Washington. Crocker criticized the Obama administration for neglecting those channels over the last few years, and wondered why the Obama administration is still not engaging properly in this crisis:

Secretary of State John Kerry “should be on a plane right now for Baghdad,” former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said Tuesday.

“The focus has been on the conflict, that is indeed serious, but, you know, diplomacy is what is crucial right now,” Crocker said on “CBS This Morning.” “We need to work with the Iraqis at the highest level,” which, he said, entails having Kerry urge Iraq’s leaders to pursue a national unity government. …

The Obama administration should have had more high-level diplomatic engagement with Iraq, he argued Tuesday, and emphasized the U.S. must now respond with urgency.

“We are hard-wired into their political system. We helped create it. We can’t walk away from it,” Crocker said.

“I would have preferred since 2011 to see us more deeply and intensively engaged at the highest levels of government. I don’t think it’s too late, but we better move now.

CBS News has plenty of updates on the situation in Iraq this morning. First, Clarissa Ward reports on the latest developments in and around Baghdad:

Bill Plante reports from the White House, where not too many developments are taking place at the moment:

The battle in Iraq has reached Baqubah, a key location on the outskirts of Baghdad. ISIS forces killed 44 detainees in the area:

Heavy fighting between government forces and rebels was reported Tuesday in Baqubah, on the northeastern approaches to Baghdad, according to the British Broadcasting Corp. The BBC reported that rebels took over several neighborhoods in the town 38 miles from the Iraqi capital and captured the main police station. Government forces were also trying to recapture the town of Tal Afar, which fell to the insurgents Monday, the BBC reported.

Police said at least 44 detainees died when insurgents attacked a police station northeast of Baghdad and fought with pro-government Shiite militiamen defending the jail, the Associated Press reported from Baghdad. There was conflicting information on how the detainees died, the AP said.

As Plante reported above, the Washington Post also reports that the White House is conducting outreach to Iran despite claiming that no military alliance is being considered at this point:

Besides weighing its options, the United States has also taken the highly unusual step of having its diplomats engage with diplomats from its longtime adversary, Iran, to discuss possible cooperation to help stop the Islamist insurgents’ lightning advance. The White House has ruled out the possibility of military cooperation with Tehran, however.

What should the US do about the situation? According to a new poll released this morning by PPP, Barack Obama is in sync with the current consensus. Only 20% support the idea of sending ground troops back into Iraq (which isn’t really a realistic option in any significant numbers in the timeframe needed anyway), while 67% want the US to offers supplies and intelligence, but no ground troops. The majority (52%) wants the US to organize a mobilization of the international diplomatic community to “stabilize” the situation in Iraq, although it’s difficult to grasp what diplomacy would look like when applied to ISIS. To Crocker’s point, it might involve Kerry being in Baghdad rather than at the “Our Oceans” conference in the middle of this crisis.

Most tellingly, people choose Obama over McCain when it comes to whether we should have left a strong residual force in Iraq by almost 2:1, 54/28. If that polling holds up — and the demos look at least reasonably representative — then Crocker had better get on the phone to whatever contacts he has left in Baghdad and tell them, “You’re on your own.” Keep this PPP poll result in mind in 2016 when we pull out of Afghanistan in the same way we did from Iraq, and when things go south a lot quicker there than they did in Iraq.


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Only 20% support the idea of sending ground troops back into Iraq

Then we sent too many troops…

Electrongod on June 17, 2014 at 8:44 AM

He isn’t in Iraq because he thinks only uneducated idiots get stuck in Iraq.

Occams Stubble on June 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Mark Steyn…


Leaving From Behind

The biggest dominoes are yet to fall. But, big or small, all these parties – the ayatollahs, the jihadists, the Russians – have read Washington correctly, and, in the vacuum of American power, all are getting what they want.

Drained Brain on June 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Politico is, (again), making “The Case for Doing Nothing in Iraq”.

My response/comment: Rovin • a minute ago

“Hillary and Barry already did nothing in Libya—and what did we get? A U-Tube Video and four dead Americans. So much for a qualified response from our fearless leaders.”

Rovin on June 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

He has bigger enemies of the US to worry about… like WV coal miners and Israeli flower merchants.

mankai on June 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I wonder what has to happen in this country and the world in general for people to buy a clue that Obama doesn’t know what he is doing. Seriously, he doesn’t even employ the knowledgeable people from his side of the aisle, let alone the knowledgeable people in general.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Working with Iran

Smh

cmsinaz on June 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

So nice of Barry to announce to 20,000 rampaging terrorist that he’s sending 275 well equipped and “combat ready” troops to ONLY defend the embassy. Powerful message to the jihadist who must be shaking in their boots.

What ever you do Barry, don’t do anything that would/could appear to be an overwhelming show of force.

Questions: Is he carefully qualifying his response to not politically pi$$ off his anti-war liberal factions? And/or making sure that no one labels him “a war president”?

In the spirit of Mooch’s statement, this is the first, (but not the last), time I’m not proud of my country.

Rovin on June 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Maybe the holder of three Purple Hearts is scared.

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM

+1 rovin

Kerry is focused on the climate now…..priorities people

cmsinaz on June 17, 2014 at 8:52 AM

He is waiting to receive another soldiers medals to throw over the WH fence.

MikeInBA on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

If the Regime takes those poll numbers as an endorsement of their handling of the situation they’d be wrong. People are choosing what seems like the less terrible option in the midst of yet another abject failure.

The Regime has finally developed a comprehensive common sense odor of failure and corruption that it’s been covering up with cheap after shave lotion for several years.

forest on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Foreign policy should not be poll-tested. We’re really going to leave it up to the same folks who probably voted more for American Idol contestants than their own representation in Washington whether or not we give up the gains made, making the sacrifices made by our troops moot?

changer1701 on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

John Kerry.
Isn’t he that guy who served in Vietnam?

Galtian on June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

Because, like everything else Lurch has done, he would make the situation worse.

Seeing the Iraqis doing something is encouraging.

cozmo on June 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

Why? And risk two Purple Hearts? Where would he throw it?

Tsar of Earth on June 17, 2014 at 8:56 AM

…and wondered why the Obama administration is still not engaging properly in this crisis.

Golf and saving The Oceans. Importanter stuff.

Tsar of Earth on June 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Unfortunately Obama has botched Iraq so badly the next generation is going to be back there fighting the war again. Kerry is at a weather conference right now and can’t be bothered by real events in the world.

Ellis on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Seems like every time Kerry wants to do something someone is shutting him down. He doesn’t seem to be in the marxist loop.

crankyoldlady on June 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Are we still talking about the largest, most technically sophistocated embassy we’ve ever built? The 1.5 square mile, 95 football field colossus that’s a “heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City“?

Axe on June 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Maybe Chris Stevens’ ghost visited him in the dead of night and warned him.

Naturally Curly on June 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

and wondered why the Obama administration is still not engaging properly in this crisis:

Why should Iraq be different from everything else Dear Liar does?

rbj on June 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

How come the poll didn’t have a “nuke’m from orbit” choice? I’m pretty sure the public supports wiping out al qaeda anywhere they’re found, even if it’s a blitzkrieging al qaeda army.

Buddahpundit on June 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

To Crocker’s point, it might involve Kerry being in Baghdad rather than at the “Our Oceans” conference in the middle of this crisis.

Yeah. That’ll do it.

Sheesh.

BKeyser on June 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Kerry has already prepared a response:
“I remember Christmas the Spring of 2014 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia Baghdad. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians al Qaeda, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia Iraq. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.”

justltl on June 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I’m looking forward to the ‘sandwich effect’ of politics. Assuming that Killary isn’t the next Prez and it’s a ‘pub, then as the ME continues to boil into a Caliphate Cauldron, the Dems will be able to blame both Booosh and the next sucker ‘pub Prez for all the mayhem and the countries we ‘lost’.

vnvet on June 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Iraq, in it’s historical form, is finished. Obama will do nothing meaningful to preserve it. The few special forces he sends there will shortly see their mission change to U.S. personnel extraction.

Obama is following the British military model: dismantle the military, create a still unaffordable open-immigration welfare state. “Iraq” as a state is meaningless to Obama. To his mind, it has always been an illegitimate colonial creation. In Obama’s mind, he now has the reins of the enfant terrible of colonial powers: the United States, born of colonialism, and yet, responsible for the worst of it. It has has always been his intent to use the reins to choke the U.S. out of international power.

Any discussions that do not focus on this reality are for fools.

M240H on June 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Send Kerry to Baghdad, evacuate everyone else, then let ISIS take the city and kill everyone. Win-win.

Rix on June 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Doing foreign policy based on public polls is very dangerous… Most voters do not give a damn even if the world burn around them as long as they can go to the mall and buy the latest gadgets… But these morons do not understand that the fire will eventually reach us and burn us and when we interfere then it will be much more costly…

mnjg on June 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

He’s not in Baghdad because the Swift Boat guys were absolutely right about him – he’s a craven coward. After all, the oceans aren’t shooting live rounds.

PJ Emeritus on June 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I can see the headline: “Through Smart Diplomacy, Kerry Convinces ISIS to Lay Down Their Weapons”

Yup. Bet on that.

BKeyser on June 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Who gets to say, “At this point, what difference would it make?” this time?

jjjdad on June 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Because the windsurfing in Baghdad sucks…?

JohnGalt23 on June 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

The leftist progressives and head choppers are delighted.

Bmore on June 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Because, thanks to Obama’s “Premature Evacuation” of Iraq, it is not safe for even the traitorous Kerry to go there.

kingsjester on June 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

What I’m seeing going to Iraq now is not intervention – it is a NEO package.

Non-combatant Evacuation Operations.

In other words they are removing the western diplomats and the extra Marines are just security for the evacuation…

DJ Elliott on June 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

There is no doubt that Obama the most incompetent fool has screwed up the Iraq issues beyond belief as he did on every foregin policy and domestic issue… However be careful of what this Ryan Crocker says regarding Iraq because he is one of the most pro-Iranian people in the country… He advocates much closer relationship with the 7th century islamic terrorist regime in Iran…

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pro-iran-shadow-lobby-launches-bid-to-kill-iran-sanctions/

mnjg on June 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

“Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad”

BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THE FIGHTING / DANGER IS!!!

easyt65 on June 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Ed,

Ryan Crocker is one the biggest Iranian advocates in the country… He wants us to be allied with the 7th century islamic terrorist regime in Tehran.. Do not think of him as someone who wants the interests of the United States even if Obama is royally screwing up Iraq…

mnjg on June 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Going for Benghazi II.

Obama scouring YouTube for video that caused ISIS.

albill on June 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

“We are hard-wired into their political system. We helped create it. We can’t walk away from it,” Crocker said.

And there is the problem in a nutshell – we created their political system, but we didn’t create one based on freedom and equality and Natural Law, we let them base it on sharia. So, they still haven’t left the 7th century tribal mentality.

GWB on June 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

Or, at the U.S. Consulate building in Benghazi. Yeah, not gonna happen.

Fallon on June 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

John “I got 3 Purple Hearts in Vietnam” Kerry isn’t going anywhere near Iraq now or in the future. He is scared spitless.

He knows that Al-Queada is looking for US hostages to take after the Bergdhal swap.

Johnnyreb on June 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Achmed don’t windsurf.

Ben Hur on June 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

What do you people want? The guy tweeted #getoutISIS, isn’t that enough?

Lance Corvette on June 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Lance Corvette on June 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

If that doesn’t describe the 0bama second term perfectly, nothing does.

cozmo on June 17, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Americans keep insisting they can have it both ways…. Be a world player without getting our hands dirty, get free healthcare without paying any money, be energy independent without drilling…

Such hope and change fantasies never turn out well but American don’t learn a damn thing unless Hollywood makes some propaganda movie and then they usually just learn more fantasies.

rhombus on June 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Neville Chamberlain: “I’m looking better and better every day”

faraway on June 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

you don’t think Kerry is dumb enough to go into an active combat zone like Stevens was

RonK on June 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

No oceans there…

mrt721 on June 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

“… cannot vouch for the authenticity of the images…

.
WatThuHeck does that even mean? I saw the images… they were real… does she mean that CBS cannot verify that 1700 were murdered because they didn’t see any image with blood spurting out of the backs of heads and out of necks? Does it mean that they cannot verify that this was just a propaganda stunt by Islamic liars to further enhance their already low reputation as vermin and criminals?
.
Time for a Rachel Maddow hand flipper moment where she digs up evidence out of thin air using her very soft but manly hands as scoops. Dig it, Rach!

ExpressoBold on June 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Kerry will go there as soon as ISIS stops acting like a 14th century nation.

Walter L. Newton on June 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

We armed ISIS when it was in Syria.

Gun running out of Benghazi…? US, UK, and France training them? Providing lethal and non-lethal aid per Susan Rice? Remember?

This ISIS force left Syria in March, yet the supposedly clueless CIA professes ignorance of how it was amassed and launched so quickly.

This is not incompetence, this is orchestrated evil.

Akzed on June 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

JFKerry is attending a weather conference?

O_o

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

JFKerry is attending a weather conference?

O_o

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Not weather, climate you racist, climate.

Akzed on June 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

JFKerry is attending a weather conference?

O_o

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The one Leonardo Dicaprio is speaking at. Well … then. Where else should he be?

hawkdriver on June 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Kerry is busy. He has a meeting scheduled on monarch butterfly milkweed habitat destruction, and another meeting scheduled on a superyacht on “our oceans.” Focus, people, focus!

bour3 on June 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Kerry isn’t going to Baghdad because there’s no reason to go. Obama and Team Choom are not opposed to the impending Islamic caliphate government there. What’s to discuss?

ROCnPhilly on June 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Islam is the problem… and I don’t care who’s mother in law I offend. Winking and looking at you Coz! :-)

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

What I’m seeing going to Iraq now is not intervention – it is a NEO package.

Non-combatant Evacuation Operations.

In other words they are removing the western diplomats and the extra Marines are just security for the evacuation…

DJ Elliott on June 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

100% correct.

ROCnPhilly on June 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

It is too easy to explain why VP Kerry is not in Baghdad, his absence is caused by the fact that really bullets are being used and the Jihadist’s have had a lot of time to to practice shooting straight.

MSGTAS on June 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Our Secretary of State is showing the same fearless courage that he displayed in Vietnam.

That would be zip.

hachiban on June 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

If Kerry’s not going can we at least send Jane (the b#$%h)Fonda. She could use that jihadi gun platform as another photo op.

Oldnuke on June 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The one Leonardo Dicaprio is speaking at. Well … then. Where else should he be?

hawkdriver on June 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Oooooohhhhh….the one with the super yachts moored in the harbor?

Let me guess, the conference concerns AGW and the terrible effects of carbon footprinting.

Is this the normal purview of the SoS, especially when a quarter of the world seems to be burning?

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The real answer is as it has always been, soldiers are expendable. Those that send them are merely playing chess with human flesh.

He/she/it that has the most moveable flesh at the end of the match wins for today. Tomorrow we start again!

There are REAL reasons to go to war, but there should never be a desire.

I will probably get pinged for this, but Bush had the right idea. He just didn’t have the time or the resources to assure a complete victory. How could he know that Little Boots would throw all of that away?

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

wonders why John Kerry isn’t winging his way to Baghdad in this crisis.

He would get sand in his hair. Don’t you know how much time, and cans of hairspray, is spent on his coif everyday. Sheesh, have some sympathy.

TQM38a on June 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Oh heck, she realizes it too.

The US should stay out though. If the shiites get mobilized there will be a massive bloodletting to the west of Baghdad. One that should have taken place years ago. If it is between Iraqi’s, so much the better. 0bama certainly doesn’t want Guantanamo receiving more guests.

cozmo on June 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Why should Lurch go to Baghdad?

He’s got all his Purple Owies.

formwiz on June 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Kerry isn’t in Baghdad because he knows there’s only token security to cover his worthless assets.

lel2007 on June 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The Indigestible Rate of Obama’s Foreign Policy Fiascoes

Was it only 10 months ago that President Obama capitulated on Syria? And eight months ago that we learned he had no idea the U.S. eavesdropped on Angela Merkel ? And seven months ago that his administration struck its disastrous interim nuclear deal with Tehran? And four months ago that Chuck Hagel announced that the United States Army would be cut to numbers not seen since the 1930s? And three months ago that Russia seized Crimea? And two months ago that John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace effort sputtered into the void? And last month that Mr. Obama announced a timetable for total withdrawal from Afghanistan—a strategy whose predictable effects can now be seen in Iraq?

Even the Bergdahl deal of yesterweek is starting to feel like ancient history. Like geese, Americans are being forced to swallow foreign-policy fiascoes at a rate faster than we can possibly chew, much less digest.

Yet when it comes to leadership, we have our very own Clement Attlee at the top, eager to subtract the burdens of international responsibility so he can get on with the only thing that really animates him, which is building social democracy at home. Actually, that’s unfair to Attlee, who could count on a powerful ally to pick up England’s dropped reins, rescue Europe, stop the Soviets. Mr. Obama’s method is to ignore a crisis for as long as possible, give a speech, impose a sanction, and switch the subject to climate change or income inequality.

America’s retreat needn’t end in tragedy, and even the Obama presidency is a survivable event. But the strategic blunders and international disasters are accumulating at an unsustainable pace. This is what the real post-American world looks like.

Resist We Much on June 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Hanoi John is too busy out cruising on his tax-evasion yacht….

viking01 on June 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Johnny wants to go to Iraq, but he wants a guarantee that if he gets a Purple Heart, he gets to leave.

And he’s already put himself in for one.

Paper cuts really hurt!

GarandFan on June 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

cozmo on June 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Considering how much he is willing to give away to close Gitmo I must agree with you. (Niteowl is NOT happy)

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

LOL, not meaning not happy to agree with you Coz, just unhappy with current policy. :-)

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Why don’t we just stay on the sidelines while all of these jihadists kill each other? Who are we kidding? The only state in the region that we should be intent on protecting is Israel. The rest of them all are either corrupt, autocratic or both.

With a region-wide sectarian war raging, the petroleum industry there would be disrupted and the world will beat a path to North America’s door for our black gold.

To hell with the jihadis. Let them fight.

Conservative Mischief on June 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I understand that you’re jealous because he has a yacht and you just have your tractor. I wish you’d still try to cut him some slack. Since you don’t get off the farm much, maybe you aren’t aware of the draw power Leo has.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Conservative Mischief on June 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Haven’t you been paying attention? Lil’ Boots doesn’t want America to be strong or self reliant. We should bow to the whims of the UN. Geeze grow up!

/extra strong sark tag

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Kerry not being in Baghdad! Its quite simple. Anyone who would contrive and fake a couple of purple hearts (one might have been legit) in Vietnam so he could go home early certainly is not going to put himself in harms way again. He chickened out from doing his duty once so why not again?

Rockman44 on June 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Kerry not being in Baghdad! Its quite simple. Anyone who would contrive and fake a couple of purple hearts (one might have been legit) in Vietnam so he could go home early certainly is not going to put himself in harms way again. He chickened out from doing his duty once so why not again?

Rockman44 on June 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I think that deserves a repeat…

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country. – John Kerry

Afraid of flashbacks, maybe?

We could send this yahoo over…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Former US ambassador wonders why Kerry isn’t in Baghdad

Oh come on! If he were decapitated, where would he put his lucky hat?

Ward Cleaver on June 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The US should stay out though. If the shiites get mobilized there will be a massive bloodletting to the west of Baghdad. One that should have taken place years ago. If it is between Iraqi’s, so much the better.

Why don’t we just stay on the sidelines while all of these jihadists kill each other? Who are we kidding? The only state in the region that we should be intent on protecting is Israel. The rest of them all are either corrupt, autocratic or both.

Both of these comments are correct.

Let them kill each other. Both sides are our enemies.

Bob from Ohio on June 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

8AM Breakfast on Yacht
9AM Botox Appt
10AM Save the Fish Farms rally
11AM Manicure with Harry Reid
12 POWER LUNCH with ACLU and EPA
1PM Power Nap with Nancy P.
3PM Draft letter to the UN protesting Global Warming
5PM Movie “Pocahontas” and “Cars”
7PM Call with Yacht Capt see how the boat is doing
8PM Phone call with new book Author “The Power of John K”
9PM nite nite

Goodie on June 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Why should the US Secretary of State, even a loathsome John Kerry, be put in harm’s way? What happens if he gets killed(as delightful as that might seem) or, worse, captured, during street fighting in Baghdad?

Bob from Ohio on June 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Finally, we are getting on the wrong side of the politics here. The American people are tired of war.

Bob from Ohio on June 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Is this the normal purview of the SoS, especially when a quarter of the world seems to be burning?

Bishop on June 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

.
Mais oui! Especialment si je suis Jean Kerri… chic alors! Que-est que la probleme?

ExpressoBold on June 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Why should the US Secretary of State, even a loathsome John Kerry, be put in harm’s way? What happens if he gets killed(as delightful as that might seem) or, worse, captured, during street fighting in Baghdad?

Bob from Ohio on June 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Hmmm, if captured Lil’ Boots could trade the rest of the Gitmo crowd to get him back. Seems like the precedence has been set. After all one disgraced “soldier” is worth thousands of future casualties right?

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Weird… that reversed my… oh well, “What difference does that make?”

NiteOwl on June 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Why isn’t Kerry in Baghdad?
He found out that Sec’s of State are not eligible for Purple Hearts.

Another Drew on June 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

They don’t like talking horses there.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Baghdad? Dude, that was like, years ago.

n0doz on June 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Most tellingly, people choose Obama over McCain when it comes to whether we should have left a strong residual force in Iraq by almost 2:1, 54/28. If that polling holds up — and the demos look at least reasonably representative — then Crocker had better get on the phone to whatever contacts he has left in Baghdad and tell them, “You’re on your own.” Keep this PPP poll result in mind in 2016 when we pull out of Afghanistan in the same way we did from Iraq, and when things go south a lot quicker there than they did in Iraq.

A leader, of course, would decide the right thing to do, then work on persuading the public.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Why isn’t Kerry in Baghdad?

Come on, how could he possibly help the situation? The man is as useless as Prince Charles.

Wallythedog on June 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

If Obama demanded that Kerry go to Baghdad, Kerry would have to have one of those ‘self inflicted’ wounds and get his fourth purple heart. He would require months and months of treatment for that hangnail, but would, unexpectedly, not be able to go to Baghdad.

TimothyJ on June 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Why isn’t Kerry in Baghdad?
Come on, how could he possibly help the situation? The man is as useless as Prince Charles.
Wallythedog on June 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I prefer “useless as teats on a boar hawg,” myself.

At least Prince Charles is decorative in his functions…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Kerry is perfectly capable of saying stupid stuff in Washington, so he need not do that in Baghdad.

virgo on June 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

1PM Power Nap with Nancy P.

Goodie on June 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Could have done with this visual.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

1PM Power Nap with Nancy P.

Goodie on June 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Could have done without this visual.

hawkdriver on June 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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