An Assessment of Iraq

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker talked about politics and history in the Middle East, as well as ways in which they shaped the war in… read more

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker talked about politics and history in the Middle East, as well as ways in which they shaped the war in Iraq. In his remarks he enumerated many challenges that face Middle Eastern countries as ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds remained and threatened future sectarian violence. He talked about obstacles to forming a stable democracy and the opportunities that lie ahead in Iraq. He credited the surge strategy and U.S. involvement in Iraq with relative success to date, but said there has been a three decade gap that the Obama administration needs to rectify. Crocker also spoke highly of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for inviting Iran to talks about the situation in Afghanistan, calling it “a good step.”

He was introduced by former President George H.W. Bush. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
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Location:
College Station, Texas, United States
First Aired:
Mar 13, 2009
Last Aired:
Apr 15, 2009

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  • Mar 13, 2009 | 2:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 13, 2009 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 14, 2009 | 12:04am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 23, 2009 | 10:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 24, 2009 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 14, 2009 | 1:46pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 15, 2009 | 4:46am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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