The as yet unannounced upcoming nomination of Chris Hill as ambassador to Iraq has had some of the best blogging minds stumped. But I can see where the idea comes from. And no, I don’t mean Richard Holbrooke’s brain. It’s Iran, stupid.
Hill may not speak Arabic and his expertise may lie elsewhere, but think about it: the U.S. will have a superb negotiator, with long experience of rogue nuclear aspirants, right at Iran’s doorstep. He will have Maliki’s ear, he will hear things, and he will listen. If you need a conduit to Tehran, what better place to put it than Baghdad?