Diplomat Jack Croddy: You Don’t Want to Go To Iraq? Step Forward and Meet the Families of the Fallen and Those that Serve

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 4, 2007

Last Wednesday, October 31, 2007, Senior Foreign Service Officer Jack Croddy stood up at a “Town Hall Meeting” at the United States Department of State and addressed the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with these words:

“Incoming is coming in every day, rockets are hitting the Green Zone….It’s one thing if someone believes in what’s going on over there and volunteers, but it’s another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment. I’m sorry, but basically that’s a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded?”

After 36 years of service, Mr. Croddy, this is the example you set for young and eager Foreign Service Officers?

O.K., Mr. Crotty: Who will raise the children of the fallen Soldiers? Who will raise the children of the fallen Marines and Airmen, Sailors and Civilians in the service of America? Who will raise the children of the fallen from the USS Cole, from the embassy bombings at of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya? Who will raise the children of those that died in the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon and on flight 93? Who raised the children of those Marines killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing?

We want you to meet all of the families of the fallen and all of the families who serve their country. We want you to explain why you take the money from the taxpayers, took the oath, and now like a mule refuse to cross the bridge.  You are now refusing to follow orders and would closely fit the military definition for a deserter or mutineer

I could go on and there are no words to express my rage.

You sir, were sworn to serve. You took the same oath military men and women take. You have taken my tax dollars for years – long enough for your hair to become grey. And now you are spitting on your flag, your oath, your fellow citizens (and taxpayers) and your president.

Mr. Bill Crystal on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” on Sunday, November 4, 2007, called you “disgraceful” and an “embarrassment.” Britt Hume said you were a “black mark on the Foreign Service.”

But these are measured and articulate men. You and your family could not bear to hear the words I have for you in my mind. My pastor would have to restrain me.

Mr. Crotty: if you feel so strongly that you are ready to refuse assignment: you should resign immediately. You have served enough. More than enough.

Do the honorable thing, man. Go home.

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Diplomats Who Refuse Assignments: “Hit The Road, You are Terminated with Prejudice and Without Pay”

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In Iraq: Reporters More Dedicated than the U.S. Foreign Service?

Diplomatic Infighting Hurts Terror War Effort

Rice Tells State Department Staff: You Took an Oath

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“Gaffe Machine” Karen Hughes Leaving State Department

3 Responses to “Diplomat Jack Croddy: You Don’t Want to Go To Iraq? Step Forward and Meet the Families of the Fallen and Those that Serve”

  1. SD Dunn Says:

    As a former FSO, I am embarrassed. I’ve met people like Croddy…lots of opinions and no spine.

    If I were still in the service, would I go to Iraq? I can truthfully say that I wouldn’t volunteer and I wouldn’t be happy if ordered to go. But if ordered, I would go. And yes, I’d bitch and moan about it just like soldiers and diplomats have done from time immemorial..but go I would.

    The closest I’ve come to an Iraq experience was Beijing in 1989. No one was actively trying to kill me, so I’m sure the experience doesn’t compare. But there was a lot of lead in the air and I don’t mind saying I was scared. Our families were evacuated and the Ambassador said anyone who wanted to go, could go. Only one person that I know of took him up on it. I remember asking (to no one in particular) why the hell we were staying and being told, “We have a duty to stay.” And that’s the whole of it…duty. Only four letters and if you can;’t figure that out then turn in your badge and get the hell out of the building.

  2. (SGT) John C. Crispell Says:

    After having served a year in Iraq and seeing my share and then some this Croddy guy basically sickens me. “Who will raise our children…?” This is a guy who will get a nice fat diplomatic pension? I hope not.
    Like John E. Cary said in answer to Croddy…”Who will raise the children of our fallen soldiers?”
    Don’t worry Croddy, the men and women of the United States military will keep you nice and safe. Nighty night now.

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