Andrew Exum strokes his chin:
According to ABC News, Christopher Hill will be the new ambassador in Iraq. I'm not sure what I should think about this. Unlike Ryan Crocker, Hill speaks no Arabic and has spent no time in the Middle East. Yes, he is apparently a super diplomat. But these next 24 months hardly strike me as a time for a crash course in Arab culture, Iraqi politics, or the Arabic language. Also, does Hill have any relevant experience dealing with the military?
Ackerman raises many of the same questions and says he hears that Hill wasn't Obama's first choice.