Obama picks co-founder of AIPAC and Fox News commentator as advisor on Iran policy
Dennis Ross, a former top diplomat for the George H W Bush and Clinton administrations, will become the Obama administration’s top envoy on the Middle East, an internal email from Mr Ross’s current employer has revealed.
Mr Ross, who previously served as the US envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is set to take a wider role as Hillary Clinton’s top adviser for the Middle East as a whole.
Ross is co-founder of AIPAC; neoconservative ideologue; big-time supporter of the Iraq War; foreign affairs commentator for Fox News; fellow with Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), sister organization of AIPAC described by one distinguished scholar (Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi) as "the most important Zionist propaganda tool in the United States;" a man who has stated (in defiance of the U.S. intelligence consensus) that Iran will "be a nuclear power, if not a nuclear weapon state" by April 2009 if not forcibly deterred.
The only reason to make him envoy to Iran is to have him repeat the Bush-Cheney ultimatum: cease enriching uranium (something the Non-Proliferation Treaty allows all signatory nations to do, and which Iran does under tight IAEA monitoring) or face a U.S. strike.
As the leader of the U.S. negotiating team during the Israeli-Palestinian talks in 1999-2000, Ross was described by fellow U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller (also Jewish) as "Israel’s lawyer" and criticized for not "critically examining" what following "Israel’s lead" would mean for U.S. interests. He is widely believed to have authored Obama’s fawning AIPAC speech presented last June.