‘Iraqi scenario repeating in Libya’
By Carol Felsenthal – 05/13/13 08:35 PM ET
At the start of the Obama administration, when I was writing about the rookie president’s appalling continuation of the tradition of appointing bundlers/donors to the most glamorous embassies, I called Thomas Pickering. The professional diplomat, or “career officer,” as he called himself (he joined the Foreign Service in 1959), is being treated by a growing number of Republicans as if he’s some hack or patronage toady who’s looking to be secretary of State in the Hillary Rodham Clinton administration to come.
A powerful car bomb has exploded near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing and wounding dozens in what officials say is the first such attack on civilians since Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster.