The Liberty Incident

Ambassador Richard B. Parker: Memorandum, Article and Review

Ambassador Richard B. Parker is a career foreign service officer. He was a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt on June 8, 1967. He is fluent in Arabic, and is the first non-native speaker in the U.S. Foreign Service to attain a 4/4 rating in Arabic from the Foreign Service Institute. Ambassador Parker served as a foreign service officer in Jordan. He received the American Foreign Service Award for Lifetime Contribution to American Diplomacy.

Ambassador Parker served as United States Ambassador to Algeria, Lebanon, and Morocco. He has published The Politics of Miscalculation in the Middle East (Indiana University Press 1993) and The Six Day War, A Retrospective (Richard B. Parker ed., Gainesville, FL; Univ. Press of Florida 1996). He has also served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute.

I did not formally interviewed Ambassador Parker. I have had the pleasure of meeting with him, exchanging research with him, corresponding with him and talking with him many times by telephone. He has authorized me to post the following material.

Download Memorandum from Richard B. Parker, dated June 1, 1997
Subject: The Attack on the Liberty: Israeli Commentary

Download Parker, Richard B., "USAF in the Sinai in the 1967 War: Fact or Fiction?,"
Journal of Palestine Studies XXVII, No. 1 (Autumn 1997)

Download Review of "The Liberty Incident" by Ambassador Richard B. Parker,
published in the Middle East Journal, Volume 56:4, Autumn 2002


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