Zinni Says Iraq Ambassador Job Offer Was Retracted
Byline: Barbara Slavin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Obama administration asked retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq but abruptly withdrew the appointment without explanation, Gen. Zinni said Tuesday.
Gen. Zinni, a former commander of Central Command, told The Washington Times that he had been offered the job by the White House national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, two weeks ago and that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed the offer on Jan. 26.
I started making arrangements, Gen. Zinni said, but he said he became concerned because he heard nothing further from the State Department or White House. He said he called Gen. Jones on Monday night and was told that outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Christopher Hill was getting the job.
Gen. Zinni said no explanation was given. That kind of bothered me, he said. I was told that I had it.
Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said, "We have spoken to a number of extraordinarily talented individuals about serving in this important role, and have made no announcement about who will be the U. …