Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Ambassador Ryan Crocker named Yale’s first Kissinger Senior Fellow"

The headline is a summary of American foreign policy disasters for decades. It's beyond satire.  Of course, that's nothing new.  

Tom Lehrer: I don't know how that got started. I've said that political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Prize. 

"The Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy is a program of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in collaboration with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. The center brings prominent statesmen and academics to campus as Kissinger Senior Fellows and Kissinger Visiting Scholars, and also hosts an annual conference and a variety of other events relating to international affairs. The Johnson Center was made possible by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s recent donation of his papers to Yale and a gift from Charles B. Johnson ’54 and Nicholas F. Brady ’52. Read more about the center.
“I am so pleased to learn that Ambassador Crocker will teach at Yale,” said Kissinger. “He has been a remarkable diplomat, and he has served the United States with great distinction in some of the most challenging assignments in the entire Foreign Service.”
Crocker will teach a three-week module on Afghanistan in Yale’s “Gateway to Global Affairs” undergraduate lecture course this fall, as well two additional seminars for undergraduate and graduate students in the spring semester. He is currently on leave of absence from Texas A&M University, where he serves as the dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
"That exception was of course Vietnam, which Crocker does not even allude to even though his foreign service career began there just as the U.S. war there was drawing to its dismal end. He might well have said that taking over Iraq and Afghanistan flew in the face of lessons that Vietnam should already have taught. But serious Vietnam lessons—those that are well grounded historically—remain radioactive. Political leaders and the foreign policy establishment don’t want to get close. They have many ambitions but glowing in the dark seems not one of them."

Michael H. Hunt: Ryan Crocker and the Imperial Reckoning

Ambassador Crocker arrested for hit and run, DUI

Maybe there's a price for denial.