Reports: Bush's Iraq Ambassador To Be Next Ambassador To Afghanistan

Apr 27, 2011

The Associated Press, Washington Post and a few other news outlets are following up this morning on reporting done earlier this month by NPR's Tom Bowman about a shake-up in the Obama administration's national security team.

As Tom reported for us on April 4, President Obama is expected to announce that CIA Director Leon Panetta is his choice to replace the soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon. And the president is expected to tap Army Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, to run the CIA. Also as Tom has previously reported, Petraeus' replacement in Afghanistan is expected to be Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen.

The new wrinkle this morning, according to the reports, is that Ryan Crocker will be named to be the next U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, replacing Karl Eikenberry.

Crocker was ambassador to Iraq during the last yea's of the George W. Bush adminstration. He and Petraeus have gotten much of the credit for the success of the "surge" in Iraq.

As the conservative Hot Air blog notes this morning, if all this happens, the Obama team will include or have included "Bush's top Iraq commander [Petraeus] ... Bush's secretary of defense [Gates] ... and Bush's old Iraq ambassador [Crocker]."

Both the Post and AP say the announcements will be made this week, possibly on Thursday. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit