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Our editorial board met this afternoon with Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq. He considers himself a Spokane boy, because he went to elementary school in the Spokane Valley. He and his wife plan to retire to Spokane in about a year. He was unassuming, understated and filled with insight into the situation in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, because he's been in the foreign service in all those places.
Listen here to an excerpt on why Iraq is so hard on many levels.
Crocker believes "strategic patience" is the key to stability in Iraq and Afghanistan. Listen to his explanation here.