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Obama picks anti-Iran man [Ross] for Iran post

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Ambassador Ross brings a wealth of experience

Experience in war in killing, in subjugation, in NeoCon philosophy, and now in the noose around Obama.

Ross never resolved anything for the Israelis except insuring wars and hate

Tue, 24 Feb 2009
Dennis Ross advocates a tough approach toward Iran seeking to convince Europe to increase economic pressure on the Tehran government

The White House names controversial Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross as its special foreign policy adviser for Persian Gulf affairs.

“This is a region in which America is fighting two wars and facing challenges of ongoing conflict, terror, proliferation, access to energy, economic development and strengthening democracy and the rule of law,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement.

Ross will provide Mrs. Clinton with “strategic advice and perspective on the region, offer assessments and also act to ensure effective policy integration throughout the region,” Wood added.

Ross, who advised President Barack Obama during his campaign, is best known for his lengthy negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In light of its supposed “policy U-turn” toward Iran, the Obama administration has managed to raise eyebrows by giving the post to Ross as he seeks a tough anti-Iran approach.

In the heat of the presidential race, Ross co-chaired a group called United Against Nuclear Iran — an organization working to “stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons”.

Ross, as a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, also put his signature on a September report saying that “the Europeans make war more likely if they do not strengthen sanctions against Iran and effectively end all commercial relations.”



Obama postpones naming presidential envoy for Iran

DEBKAfile Special Report
February 25, 2009, 4:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

Contrary to widespread speculation, veteran diplomat Dennis Ross has been named special adviser to secretary of state Hillary Clinton for counsel on the broad area between Afghanistan and Egypt, according to Washington officials. President Barack Obama has decided not to appoint a presidential envoy for Iran, a post which Ross had been expected to fill. For now, the diplomat will not be involved personally in the Iranian issue.

DEBKAfile’s Washington sources report that Obama is signaling that for the time being the direct open talks with Tehran promised in his campaign are not about to take off.


Written by morris

February 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

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