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Which Reel Is the US Really In?
US Ambassador Ryan Crocker Compares Iraq to a Movie
07/11/2007 4:19 PM ET
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker is shown talking on a monitor screen on the set of Meet the Press.
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U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker is shown talking on a monitor screen on the set of Meet the Press.

“In the States, it’s like we’re in the last half of the third reel of a three-reel movie, and all we have to do is decide we’re done here, and the credits come up, and the lights come on, and we leave the theater and go on to something else," he said. "Whereas out here, you’re just getting into the first reel of five reels,” he added, “and as ugly as the first reel has been, the other four and a half are going to be way, way worse.”

--US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, as quoted in the New York Times

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