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Our Man in the Middle East

Ryan Crocker is my guest on Q&A, here. He is one of the outstanding U.S. diplomats of our time. In addition to his other posts, he was ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Nothing but the easy assignments for him, as you can see. George W. Bush, in the last days of his presidency, hung the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Crocker’s neck.

In our Q&A, we talk about the State Department, about which Crocker is very concerned. We also take a tour — to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Crocker illuminates issues past, present, and even future.

With Ryan Crocker, you’re in the hands of someone who knows what he’s talking about. This is a good feeling, even when the issues are terribly grim. Again, our podcast is here.

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