Note to Congress: Hurry Up on that Chris Hill Nomination

In a New York Times op-ed, John Kael Weston asks “where’s our man in Iraq?” The post of U.S. ambassador has remained vacant since Ryan Crocker exited on February 13, leaving the “largest [U.S.] embassy diplomatically rudderless at such a crucial juncture.” As the nomination of Christopher Hill has been held up in Congress, Weston points out that “further delays and Capitol Hill maneuverings are lost in translation over here, among both the Iraqis and the Americans serving our country in these dangerous deserts.”

Highlighting some of the pressing issues the next ambassador will face, he argues “the longer we go without an ambassador, the more a disservice – a dangerous one at that – we do to our 140,000-plus troops and diplomats and to the Iraqi people.”