Ho-Hum

Chris Hedges– There is a lot riding on whom President Obama names as his special envoy to Iran. If, as expected, it is Dennis Ross, a former official of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, we will be in deep trouble. Ross, who is expected to be placed in charge of the Iranian portfolio this week, is a vocal supporter of Israel’s call for increased pressure on Iran. He is distrusted, even despised, in the Muslim world and especially in Tehran. With good reason, he is not viewed as an impartial broker.

And ta-da!

(Reuters) – U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross has been appointed special advisor on the Gulf and southwest Asia, which includes Iran, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the State Department announced on Monday.

9 Responses to “Ho-Hum”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Is this the “special envoy to Iran” position, or is this another position intended to give the schmuck a job without having him be the direct contact with Iran?

  2. RickB Says:

    That’s an awfully good question, as elucidated on (not!) here-
    http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/02/whats_dennis_rosss_job_not_an_envoyan_adviser.php

    if it’s ass covering, a sop to AIPAC so Obama can create some room for manoeuvre then it might be smart, but, Hills and Ross is not an overwhelming sign of diplomacy.

  3. libhomo Says:

    I guess the operative question is who will be in charge of US interests in Iran?

  4. RickB Says:

    You mean on the Iranian side or the US diplomatic side?

  5. libhomo Says:

    I meant on the US side. There are no diplomatic relations, so there is no ambassador.

  6. naj Says:

    I’d say he is a smokescreen to shut the AIPAC up!

  7. RickB Says:

    GLH- Dick Cheney?

    Naj- We can but hope!

  8. libhomo Says:

    RickB: LOL, somehow I doubt he would be willing to live in Tehran and work out of the Swiss Embassy. He’d probably prefer going to Wyoming to shoot birds thrown in front of him by his servants.

  9. RickB Says:

    Nevermind birds, he’d just be shooting the servants, cos he cares about job creation.


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