Report: Zinni ambassadorship ixnayed by Israel lobby

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Another ex-CIA guy. Philip Giraldi, writing at American Conservative blog, on a report that good Anthony Zinni was to be named Ambassador to Iraq, and shook Hillary's hand on that, till the lobby reared its hydra heads:

I have been informed by a State Department contact that Zinni was
rejected after Clinton came under pressure from some major supporters
in New York State who told her that the appointment was unacceptable to
Israel because Zinni is perceived as “hostile” to the Jewish
state.  Zinni has, indeed, been critical of Israel on a number of
occasions.  Another source in the intelligence community has told me
that Zinni was perceived as bad for Israel’s security because Israel
regards Iraq as a “front line state” in its confrontation with Iran. 
If Israel were to attack Iran it would need overflight approval over
Iraq, something that Zinni would be unlikely to approve, possibly even
submitting his resignation to stop such a development.
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  1. chris berel
    February 10, 2009, 2:29 pm

    One more joke as to why Iraq might not want a general as an ambassador. Israel, if it means to attack Iran, is not going to ask any muslim country for permission to bomb the shi'ite islamic nation.

  2. Eva Smagacz
    February 10, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Chris, Israel's fuel would run out somewhere over Iraq…………..

  3. tommy
    February 10, 2009, 3:42 pm

    A friend, an independent CPA, was complaining that most of his children's school holidays were not on Mondays or Fridays. It turns out they coincide with Jewish holidays. This is in a school district that cannot be more than 5% Jewish, if that high. I told him not to complain or he would be driven out of business for being anti-semitic.

  4. Dimitrijevic
    February 10, 2009, 4:49 pm

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has already stated publicly that Iraqi airspace is off limits to Israeli aircraft. That was for the benefit of the Iranians. It would be difficult to imagine a better excuse for Iran and Iraq to form a mutual defence pact than if the Israelis ignored that prohibition and flew over anyway. That would likely result in Iranian Fajr-3 or 5s and other weaponry and assets on station in Iraq and able to reach most strategic sites in Israel.

  5. syvanen
    February 10, 2009, 5:58 pm

    Good point dimitrijevic. I hadn't heard of that possibility before. But it seems obvious that if Israel violated Iraqi airspace to hit Iran then, at the very least, Iran would probably be allowed to set up anti-aircraft missiles.

    Another reason why Israel will not attack Iran.

  6. marc b.
    February 10, 2009, 6:07 pm

    I have been informed by a State Department contact that Zinni was rejected after Clinton came under pressure from some major supporters in New York State who told her that the appointment was unacceptable to Israel because Zinni is perceived as “hostile” to the Jewish state.

    What a curious statement. A sitting secretary of state is influenced by voices outside of the administration regarding the appointment of an ambassadorship. Clinton will be almost 70 if she lasts two tours under Obama. Does she expect that she will need the continued support of some New York heavy weights for another run at public office of some sort? There just seems to be something more to the story than meets the eye.

  7. Citizen
    February 10, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Clinton had signed off on Zinni and Zinni had already been informed the job was his–thereafter Hillary changed her mine. No reason for the change of heart was given to Zinni. He's really pissed. Maybe enough to speak out about it after he does some investigation?

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