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Ryan Crocker Sworn in as New Ambassador to Afghanistan

U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker was sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Thursday. Crocker is expected to arrive in Kabul sometime in the next week where he will have a public initiation ceremony.
With Crocker at her side, Clinton placed a call to the American civilians working in Afghanistan to endorse him as the ambassador and to thank them for their work.
“Her intention going into that was to thank them for all they are doing and to encourage them to continue all the good work that they are engaged in, and to lay hands on Ambassador Crocker and make it clear that he will be their leader and their partner as they go forward,” State Dept spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
Crocker will oversee a larger civilian corps in Afghanistan, which has nearly quadrupled in size since the civilian surge, and significantly expanded its presence outside of the embassy in Kabul.
His most famous posting was in Iraq, where he teamed up with General Petraeus and was credited for stabilizing the U.S. relationship with the Iraqi government and participating in negotiations on the Status of Forces Agreement.

The Obama administration hopes Crocker will be able to bring that same diplomatic touch to the notoriously volatile relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Crocker left Iraq and retired from the Foreign Service in February 2009 to take over as the Dean of Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Petraeus is expected leave the country in July before taking over as CIA Director in September.

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Obama Meets with New National Security Team Members

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will meet with the newest members of his national security team on Tuesday.

After bidding farewell to outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week and presenting him with the Medal of Freedom, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet privately with his successor Leon Panetta.

Panetta, the former head of the CIA, was sworn in Friday as Obama’s second defense secretary, vowing to preserve the power of the U.S. military despite budget cuts and to defeat al Qaeda.

The president will also meet on Tuesday morning with Ryan Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and Lt. Gen. John Allen, who is poised to take command of Western forces in Afghanistan and carry out the president’s order to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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President Obama’s National Security Staffing Shuffles

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce Thursday some major staff shuffling in his national security team.

As ABC News has reported:

    * CIA director Leon Panetta will be nominated for Secretary of Defense;
    * International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander Gen. David Petreaus will be nominated to be CIA director;
    * Marine General John Allen will be nominated to replace Petraeus at ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan; and
    * former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker will be nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

These moves were several months in the making, the “culmination by a multi-month process of careful consideration by the president,” administration officials said, prompted by the decisions of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Gen. Karl Eikenberry (ret.) to exit the jobs they’ve held since 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Panetta was offered the job on Monday; he called President Obama back Monday evening and accepted the offer. Administration officials acknowledge that Panetta did so reluctantly, given his fondness for his current job at the CIA.

Administration officials referenced Panetta’s tenure at the CIA as evidence of the experience needed for his new role.

“Strong leadership, reinvigoration of institutional morale tremendously effective, very solid manager, obviously deep experience in budget and management of the government, has become over the last two plus years a close advisor to the president,” an administration official said, “Seen by the president as a very effective member of the team.”

President Obama met with Petreaus to discuss his potential new role on March 14 and 18. White House officials hope Petraeus, who will retire from the military to become CIA director, can take over at Langley in September, though he will stay in his current role until Allen has been confirmed and is prepared to assume command. 

Deputy CIA director Michael Morrell will serve as interim director.

Allen will serve as a special assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen in order to prepare for his new assignment, which they hope he will be able to assume in September as well.

President Obama met with Crocker on March 30 and offered him the position. Administration officials say they are seeking an early confirmation.

“We have laid this out in a way that we believe will provide for a seamless transition in each of these positions,” administration officials said. “That is no gap, no disruption in continuity in execution of policy.”

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