Apr 21 2009
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the nomination of Chris Hill as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Graham voted against the nominee.
“I believe our nation would have been better served appointing someone who has experience in the region, speaks the language and has experience dealing with the key players. Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker spent his career studying and working in the Arab world. He spoke the language, understood the history, and knew the culture. Our success in Iraq is due in large part to the close partnership of Ambassador Crocker and our military commanders.
“I respect Chris Hill but I do not believe he is the best fit for this most important assignment.”