Who is Joe Klein?
• Author of “Primary Colors” (1996), “The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton" (2002), "Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam" (1984), and Woody Guthrie: A Life" (1980).
• Former Washington bureau chief for Rolling Stone
• Former commentator for CBS News
• Former columnist for New York magazine
• Lives in Westchester County, N.Y.
Who is Ryan Crocker?
• Grew up in Morocco, Canada and Turkey
• Was in Beirut in 1983 when Hezbollah blew up the U.S. Embassy, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. Crocker was slightly injured but helped search for other survivors in the rubble. It was the first suicide bombing of an American target by Islamic extremists.
• Crocker’s knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs comes from his stints as: ambassador to Lebanon; ambassador to Kuwait; ambassador to Syria (demonstrators ransacked his residence in 1998 to protest the U.S. bombing of Iraq); reopening the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan in 2002; ambassador to Pakistan; ambassador to Iraq; and other assignments in Iraq, Iran, Qatar and Egypt.
• Awards: Presidential Distinguished Service Award (1994), DoD Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service (1997), Presidential Meritorious Service Award (1999 and 2003), State Department Distinguished Honor Award, State Department Award for Valor, three State Department Superior Honor Awards, American Foreign Service Association Rivkin Award, and the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for “Exceptional Courage and Leadership”
Choose who you want to believe. As for me, I'll go with Crocker.