Armitage to represent in Kabul?
The British press (scroll down to it) is touting Richard Armitage as the next U.S. ambassador to Kabul: Excited chatter on the Ferrero Rocher circuit in Kabul includes a new possible name for the post of U.S. ambassador — one Richard Armitage. No wonder they’re in a tizz — the 65-year-old ‘Nam veteran was the ...
Excited chatter on the Ferrero Rocher circuit in Kabul includes a new possible name for the post of U.S. ambassador — one Richard Armitage. No wonder they’re in a tizz — the 65-year-old ‘Nam veteran was the muscular number two at the state department during 9/11. He was said to have leaked the name of Valerie Plame in the Nigergate affair, and warned Pakistan that the US would bomb the country "back to the Stone Age" if it continued to back the Taliban. Our man in Kabul, Sir William Patey, has already proved a big hit; together, they could make quite a double act.
This actually makes sense if you think that the U.S. needs to deal pretty quickly and decisively with its two great problems in the region — destructive Afghan governance by the Afghans and Pakistani complicity in Afghanistan’s agony. I do.
But I’d be surprised because the Plame stuff could make the confirmation hearings difficult. If he is confirmed, when Petraeus challenges him to a run, as is his wont, the weight-lifting Armitage can offer to bench-press Petraeus a few hundred times.
(HT to TD)
Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1
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