Iraq today is much better than it was 18 months agoIran accused of meddling in negotiations Sep 29, 2008
We think this needs to be done as a political process in a way that takes into account the concerns and the rights of all the people involved. This has to be an Iraqi processU.S. envoy meets Kurdish president Sep 18, 2008
The tremendous sacrifices that they and their families have made deserve our recognition and support. I am pleased that this special immigrant visa program is now available to reward their loyal service to the United StatesU.S. unveils Iraqi visa program Jul 24, 2008
I can tell you flatly that U.S. forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into Iran, in the south or anywhere elseAnalysis: Report fans Iran attack fears Jul 01, 2008
I can tell you flatly that U.S. forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into IranCrocker denies U.S. operations in Iran Jun 29, 2008
Ryan Clark Crocker (born June 19, 1949) is a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He currently is the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan. He was the United States Ambassador to Iraq until 2009; he previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007, to Syria from 1998 to 2001, to Kuwait from 1994 to 1997, and to Lebanon from 1990 to 1993. In January 2010 he became Dean of Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011 and was confirmed to the post by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on June 30, 2011.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Crocker "one of our very best foreign service officers"; President George W. Bush called him America's Lawrence of Arabia and noted that General David Petraeus had said that "it was a great honor for me to be his military wingman."
Crocker was born in Spokane, Washington. Growing up, Crocker had family members in the U.S. Air Force and in Turkey. He lived in Morocco, Canada and Turkey. Crocker attended University College Dublin and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he received a B.A. in English literature in 1971 and was initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.