• Breaking/Broke: Ryan Crocker Arrested for DUI

    August 24, 2012

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Iraq

    America’s Ambassador, Ryan Crocker, who midwifed America’s diplomatic wonderfulness in Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as having this very blog named after him in honor of his superior dip-ness, was arrested for drunk driving, according to KXLY in Spokane, Washington.

    KXLY reports that the Crock was seriously crocked, blowing a manly .16 BAC on one test, which is twice the legal limit in Washington State. Another test indicated a .152 BAC. The State Patrol believes he was intoxicated by alcohol, not prescription drugs, due to odor and the high blood alcohol count. Cooler yet, Crock was pinched drunk at 2:05pm, a helluva a way to spend an afternoon as a retiree. Crock spent a night in jail and pleaded not guilty. He shows his face again in court September 12.

    We’ll just throw in that a serious drinking problem would be a pretty good explanation for Crocker’s often bizarre public statements. Crock, for example, said while ambassador in Kabul:

    The greatest concern that Afghans with whom we have regular contact express about the US military presence isn’t that we’re here but that we may be leaving. So it’s simply not the case that Afghans would rather have US forces gone. It’s quite the contrary.

    Now, the next thing we’ll keep an eye out for is State’s Diplomatic Security pulling Crock’s security clearance because of the DUI. I mean, they pulled mine for blogging sober, so driving drunk seems a no-brainer.

    And if, as some more sympathetic commentators have speculated, Crocker is suffering from PTSD or alcoholism related to his years of service in America’s self-created shitholes, then the Crock should exercise some real leadership and speak openly of his challenges to enable others without his status and rank to also acknowledge their need for care. PTSD is a time bomb inside State (and of course, the military), with many sufferers afraid to see a doctor for fear of losing their medical or security clearance, or fear of the public stigma.

    So, so long for now Crocker! We’ll call you for the next war, don’t worry!

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      Sounds more like post-traumatic guilt disorder in leaving the scene of a disaster.

      08/24/12 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Jen said...


      Wow. I seriously hope he gets help. I completely agree that it would be wonderful if State was more were open about issues with PTSD. A volunteer group I work with is working on this issue as it is so much more common than we think. In fact, I know I dealt with it a bit last year, on a different level. Sadly, I didn’t recognize it at first, as I assumed my circumstances were not the norm for it…guess I was wrong.

      Will be very curious to see how this one plays out…

      08/24/12 5:12 PM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...


      fwiw-the first thing that the Army did for me when i went into the hospital for chronic and severe ptsd was to pull my security clearance, and i was stone sober for years.
      i was a DAC (DEPT ARMY CIV.)

      08/25/12 12:40 AM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...



      FWIW: The first thing that the Army did for me when I went into the hospital for chronic and severe ptsd was to pull my security clearance, and I had been stone sober for years (unlike Crocker). Pulling my security clearance ruined my Reserve career; Special Forces Officers don’t get promoted to Colonel w/o security clearances.

      I was a DAC (DEPT ARMY CIV.)at the time, and a career reserve officer. I bet Crocker gets golden gloves applied to his episode.

      jim hruska

      08/25/12 12:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      I am genuinely sorry this happened to you and anyone else. Last year the NY Times had an interesting article how our government officials were behind the private sector (by private sector – that’s the real private sector, not the contracting companies dependent on government handouts) in having solutions and policies for their employees in serious or critical situations.

      It makes no sense ruining an employee’s career, especially in the case of ptsd. But logic is often absent with some of officials who magically managed to be moved, pardon, move into decision-making positions.

      I am not sure when your situation took place but a few years back there was a very contentious meeting at the State Department that made it into the news and caused an uproar. The Secretary Rice called for employees for Iraq. The media focused on reluctance of employees going there but buried in the transcript a young employee stood up at the meeting and complained she had returned from Iraq, not only had ptsd and had been wounded by an IED, but couldnt get insurance coverage for counseling and was afraid her security clearance would be revoked and pointed out the need to have key health programs in place if we go to war.

      The then- Secretary General of the Department, normally glib and silvery-tongued with State employees, was on a rare occassion dumbfounded. The Department later sent out notices that clearances would not be revoked if employees underwent counseling for PTSD. The fact that a Department would do this sounds like there is a legal basis requiring them not to sack employees for seeking counseling for PTSD, but per Jen’s comment above it sounds like the rubber has yet to meet the pavement but that is not a failure of policy, that is a failure of leadership and implementing regulations.

      It might be worth contacting a senator or congressman’s office to see if this situation can be corrected. There are some that are pro-active and responsive but it’s a matter of researching that a bit and contacting these offices.

      08/25/12 1:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      One last point, the young State employee who stood up at that meeting also mentioned health programs were not available or funding for these programs was not being made available to support civilians with ptsd and injuries, and lagged behind what was being made available to military, which definitely is flawed in itself.

      08/25/12 1:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Joe said...


      Having served so many years in the federal government, you should have predicted the outcome of your published book. You can blame no one but yourself. There’s a time, place, and medium for voicing your personal opinions about the U.S. Government (if you’re a government employee). Neither the State Department nor Diplomatic Security made you serve in Iraq. If you didn’t agree with the government’s mission or vision there, you could have bid on a tour in Washington or Europe. Just hope you sell enough books to make up for your lost pension.

      08/25/12 7:15 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Sorry to disappoint Joe, but some very committed lawyers have secured the pension I earned in my 24 years of service. State failed, completely, to take it away and wasted who knows how many taxpayer dollars trying to do so. They lost, I won.

      As for a time, place and medium to voice one’s opinion, as an American Citizen first, government employee second, the beautiful First Amendment assures that I have the right to speak out. My oath of office to that same Constitution means that I have an obligation to tell the People about what their government is doing.

      There are higher callings than obedience. Reach for them Joe. Gray, conforming and bureaucratic is no way to go through life son.


      08/25/12 9:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...


      PVB writes:

      “[T]he next thing we’ll keep an eye out for is State’s Diplomatic Security pulling Crock’s security clearance because of the DUI. I mean, they pulled mine for blogging sober, so driving drunk seems a no-brainer.” —

      You’re just too dry for some folks, Peter. Spot-on (alas).

      08/25/12 8:25 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      State pulled my clearance for raising alarms about canceling Fulbright programs for Gazans who were in the US on Fulbright scholarships and potentially stranding them and their minor-age accompanying children in a third country.

      The New York Times later wrote an editorial “The Lesson of the Fulbright Seven” when the program was canceled the following season for Gazan Fulbrighters prior to their coming to the US to begin their FUlbrights, criticizing “lower-level functionaries” at State for canceling the program that (haha) higher officials at State had to reinstate.

      However I was that lower-level functinary who WROTE a very detailed memo to my local officials at State citing these and other concerns if they canceled the Fulbright program for Gazans. My local officials in ECA/A/E told me I worked for them, not State, after I notified another office at State about what was being planned. Later Dip Security showed up, confiscating my clearance “because ECA officials thought it best.”

      I was accused of really stupid stuff but it’s not like officials have to put much effort into their claims. Per my performance evaluation, I did horrible things, such as “take initiative” creating an emergency guidance circular with steps foreign service could take in the event American grantees were or fell ill or critically injured while carrying out USG programs overseas. Peter might remember that — I worked in the English Language Fellow office when I first circulated this document, later revising it for the Fulbright program for our American grantees.

      Ironically, while I was faulted in my performance evaluation for that, credit seems to have been bestowed on someone my local officials were trying to hire at the time. And we were working in the Fulbright office at the time, right? So much for plagiarism; Fulbright scholars can lose their grants for plagiary. Then my document was then disseminated to all US embassies in the Middl East that sponsored Fulbrighters. I was also faulted in my performance evaluation for sharing publicly-accessible program information posted on ECA’s own website — with another State office — then told I violated public affairs rules on doing so. I kinda am laughing as I write this but it’s in stated in my evaluation. My own government job performance evaluation.

      08/25/12 9:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Joe said...


      Hi Peter,
      You raise very good points and it is unfortunate. I am glad your pension wasn’t affected, and I do wish you success with your book. Though I’m sure a few Under Secretaries were guiding the outcome of your case and not DS or the agents who interviewed you. All the best.

      08/26/12 3:30 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Thank you Joe. I agree fully that the actions of State were directed by higher ups. However, the DS agents who did the dirty work need to ask themselves, if they were not committed to what they were doing, why they did it anyway. Did they join law enforcement to serve as tools of harassment? Did they join DS to be bullies? Because regardless of their motivations, those members of Diplomatic Security who carried out my persecution corrupted their oaths and made a mockery of justice and were tools and bullies.

      The core of DS’ argument– that a link on my blog to another website (an existing, previously discussed in the media Wikileaks document) negated 23 years of holding a security clearance and keeping the rules– is a corruption of justice. No one in DS should be proud of how they acted, and all should reflect on how “I was just following orders” has played out historically.

      Shame, shame.


      08/26/12 11:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      When American bureaucrats say “I wish you success” and “all the best”, they mean “what’s best for you is utter ruin, which you’ll succeed in bringing on yourself because of your inappropriate judgment.”

      I wonder what they’ll say, soon, when they’re driving taxicabs like the former East German Stasi.

      08/26/12 5:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Expat said...


      Peter – I wish we could “like” the comments. I enjoy reading (most of) them as much as I enjoy your posts. 🙂

      08/26/12 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “However, the DS agents who did the dirty work need to ask themselves, if they were not committed to what they were doing, why they did it anyway. Did they join law enforcement to serve as tools of harassment? Did they join DS to be bullies? Because regardless of their motivations, those members of Diplomatic Security who carried out my persecution corrupted their oaths and made a mockery of justice and were tools and bullies.”


      Are these DS goons you mention covert agents? We would like to know who they are.

      08/26/12 1:51 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      DS claims it is against the law to list the names of any of its special agents, including those who are “overt” and not working under any cover.

      In a way, the names are less important than the fact that they so readily buy into the role of bully. It is always a scary thing when people who enjoy pushing others around choose a law enforcement career, and DS seems to be full of ’em.

      08/26/12 2:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Even if that DS agent does a Dirty Harry deed in Hawaii? If so, there are lots of law breakers.

      DS must think the “law” is something only law-abiding citizens have to follow.

      08/26/12 3:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Tom said...


      I write from Spokane where last week’s morning paper revealed this little tidbit. Having read Peter’s book three weeks ago I was sadly amused. Sadder that Crockett who actually forsaw and raised concern with the Project for a New American Century boosters and was apparently ignited it heard with tepid interest would actually take on the impossible task of running the Embassy in Iraq. What his motivations were are known only to him. But as other commenters have suggested in so many words calling a cockroach a queen bee catches up with one sooner or later.

      Hope Crocker gets some help. Maybe he would fund a home with Vets for Peace?

      08/29/12 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • dui attorney louisville guy76 said...


      I completely agree that it would be great if State was more open when it deals with issues with PTSD.The next thing you will know they will pull his State’s Diplomatic Security clearance because of the DUI.

      09/10/12 10:48 PM | Comment Link

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