Sources say President Obama’s new ambassador to Afghanistan will be Ryan Crocker. Crocker, of course, served as President Bush’s ambassador to Iraq, and, together with General Petraeus, oversaw our victory in Iraq.
Two thoughts: First, this is really good news. It’s almost happy-dance good. Crocker is exactly the right man for the job.
Second, it is striking to see Obama re-assemble the entire Iraq Surge team. First Gates, then Petraeus, and now Crocker. I won’t indulge in the obvious snark (get some here, if you want), but I’ll say it couldn’t have been easy for Obama to swallow his pride and do this. Kudos to him.