Ryan Crocker's testimony was far less cogent than Petraeus' because he has almost nothing substantive to point to (except some photo-ops in the last couple of weeks). And when he does make an assertion - that the current situation reminds him of America's civil rights struggles, for example - one tends to shudder at its inappropriateness, or gape at its vagueness:
Most Iraqis genuinely accept Iraq as a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian society - it is the balance of power that has yet to be sorted out.
Er, yes, Mr Ambassador. Thanks for pointing that out. Crocker's real point is his final one:
Our current course is hard. The alternatives are far worse.
I'm not so sure. And nothing Crocker said today swayed me.