The light of the Sun

Today’s New York Sun carries Richard Miniter’s exclusive report on the American ambassador who impeded bin Laden manhunt: “How a lone diplomat compromised the hunt for bin Laden.” I find this to be an almost unbelievable story — a reductio ad absurdum of the State Department’s occasional resistance to the administration’s objectives. The ambassador at issue was a Bush appointee who joined the State Department in 1977 after teaching high school for seven years.
Miniter reports no facts suggesting a motive for the ambassador’s actions in this case. However, Miniter is a terrific reporter with excellent sources for this story. We would be most interested to hear from our State Department or foreign service readers with any knowledge of the case.

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