TMCNet:  Obama's choice Hill not fit for the Iraq job: Cheney

[March 15, 2009]

Obama's choice Hill not fit for the Iraq job: Cheney

Washington, Mar 15, 2009 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) -- After two top Republican Senators, the former US Vice President, Dick Cheney, today said the veteran diplomat, Christopher Hill is not fit for the job of America's Ambassador to Iraq.


"He's not the man I would have picked for that post," Cheney told the CNN in an interview. Hill, does not has any experience in the region, he argued, a point articulated by Republican Senators including John McCain after Obama nominated Hill as Ambassador to Iraq.

"He's never served in that part of the world before. He doesn't speak the language," Cheney said.

"He's got none of the skills and talents that Ryan Crocker had, who was our last Ambassador, who did a superb job, deserves as much credit as Dave Petraeus in terms of how that process worked during the surge that led to the success we've seen now in Iraq," Cheney said.

"So I think it's a choice I wouldn't have made. I did not support the work that Chris Hill did with respect to North Korea," he said, expressing his displeasure with Obama's choice on Iraq.

In a joint statement, early this week two top Republican Senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham had opposed his nomination, arguing that Hill has no experience in the Middle East. They also urged Obama to reconsider his nomination.

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