Former US Ambassador Edward Peck discusses his participation in the Gaza aid flotilla and his subsequent deportation from Israel, bogus excuses that impede progress toward a free Palestine, Joe Biden’s unwavering devotion to Israel, American ignorance about foreign affairs and why (if they really do hate us for our freedoms) the disposition of terrorists is improving.
MP3 here. (28:50)
During 32 years in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Peck served overseas as Chief of Mission in Iraq and Mauritania, and was an Embassy officer in Sweden, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt.
In Washington, he was Deputy Director of the Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism at the Reagan White House; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Deputy Coordinator for Global Covert Operations, and Director of Egyptian Affairs at the State Department; Liaison Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; and Fellow, Institute for Higher Defense Studies, at The National Defense University. He speaks Arabic, French, Spanish and Swedish.
In retirement, he has been Executive Secretary of the American Academy of Diplomacy; Chairman, Political Tradecraft Programs, National Foreign Affairs Training Center; Distinguished Visitor, National War College; Senior Fellow, Joint Forces Staff College; Board Member, Americans for Middle East Understanding. He is a commentator for television and radio in the US and abroad, and teaches and lectures on a broad range of international issues for governments, educational, business and civic organizations worldwide.
A paratrooper, Ambassador Peck had two tours of wartime active duty, serving from Private to 1st Lieutenant. He holds a B.S. from UCLA, and an M.B.A. from George Washington U.