Laura Rozen is hearing about some irritation with the small-but-determined coterie of GOP senators determined to scotch Chris Hill’s nomination to become U.S. ambassador to Iraq:
Sources tell The Cable that Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus, top Iraq commander Gen. Raymond Odierno, and Defense Secretary **Robert Gates **are frustrated by the delay in getting a U.S. ambassador confirmed and into place in Iraq, and support Hill’s confirmation proceeding swiftly.
Indeed, now that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and ex-Iraq ambassadors Zalmay Khalilzad, John Negroponte and Ryan Crocker all back Hill, it’s odd to see how a viable objection to him coalesces around some obscure aspect of Hill’s North Korea successes. Retired Gen. William Nash tells Rozen that the opposition to Hill is “being difficult to be difficult.” It’s a good thing none of these senators think the Iraq war is that important, then.
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