Who knew? Ryan Crocker, Bush's choice for the U.S.'s next ambassador to Iraq, is a Whitman College alum.
Early in his career with the State Department he perfected his Arabic by going to Jordan to live with Bedouin.
He's worked for the State Dept for years and has been ambassador to many countries in the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait. His first post was to Iran, one year after graduating from Whitman.
The Times article suggests that because of his intimate knowledge of the area and its culture, Crocker might be able to make some positive changes with deft diplomacy. However, other opinions suggest that he's not up to the challenge of ending the civil war. Perhaps no one is.
Read the Times article here.