today: Mideast envoy George Mitchell to resign - The Washington Post
they're jumping left and right, the security team---blair, jones, mcchrystal, hillary
the economists---romer, orszag, summers
who's left except the ax?
when hillary huffed to wolf ("no, no, no, no") her camp leaked the next day that the fugitive from foggy bottom just couldn't take it anymore
the "indecisiveness," the "amateurs"
Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge
mitchell is a mensch, former speaker of the us house of reps, from maine
his appointment as special envoy to palestinian peace was a big deal
so carney today blacked out the cameras:
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/201...mera-briefing/White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today turned off the briefing room lights to address reporters in an unusual off camera gaggle, taking some of the spotlight off the White House as its senior Middle East peace negotiator resigns and questions arise over whether too much information has come out about the SEAL 6 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. Carney would not confirm the then-breaking news that Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who was at the White House, was there to tender his resignation. But Carney didn’t deny it and said a written presidential statement would be released shortly. The decision to hold the off-camera gaggle just before releasing news of the Mitchell resignation is consistent with a clear White House strategy to low-key the departure.
With the news not official, Carney didn’t have to answer questions about it, and he didn’t have to appear to be stonewalling on TV. Obama will not appear in public today with Mitchell to thank him, denying the TV cameras a platform for a cable news feast on the failure of Obama to secure peace in the Middle East after nearly two and a half years of trying. The stakes in the Middle East are huge for Obama, who came into office disparaging George W. Bush for not placing sufficient emphasis on getting a deal and who appointed Mitchell to do just that. Mitchell’s departure is tantamount to an admission of failure.
Carney may also have wanted to avoid a public spat with Defense Secretary Gates, who yesterday appeared to be suggesting that White House officials broke an agreement to keep quiet about how the Bin Laden raid went down. "Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday, the next day." Gates added that Navy SEALs who performed the operation now have concerns for the safety of their families.
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surprised?The resignation of U.S. Middle East special envoy George Mitchell on Friday puts a punctuation mark on the end of two years of high-profile meetings and quiet stalemate in the Israel-Palestinian peace process, which has all but collapsed on the Obama administration’s watch.
But this year’s developments in the region – the Arab Spring, and a consequent surprise peace deal between rival Palestinian factions brokered by Egypt – cast the Obama administration’s role further to the margins. With the White House signaling that there will be no new push for Arab-Israeli peace in a major presidential speech on the Arab Spring tentatively scheduled for Thursday, there was little reason for Mitchell to stay. Mitchell’s departure ends what had seemed, at moments, like a window of opportunity for President Barack Obama but which now seems like a two-year exercise in pure futility.
“Twenty-plus months in, we’ve got no negotiations, no chance of an agreement, and an administration that’s been frustrated on what it thought might be its signature issue,” said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department negotiator, who called Mitchell’s departure “sad.” “This is a guy with a brilliant career who succeeded at just about everything he’s done and was convinced that there’s no conflict that couldn’t be resolved with enough will. And now he finds himself having to leave without results,” he said.
The American efforts ground to a halt last fall, when Palestinian leaders insisted on – and the U.S. tried and failed to deliver – a continued Israeli moratorium on construction on contested land. The focus on a settlement was Obama’s choice and was seen by both sides as a mistake. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remarked to Newsweek recently that it was “Obama who suggested a full settlement freeze. I said, ‘OK, I accept.’ We both went up the tree. After that, he came down with a ladder and he removed the ladder and said to me; ‘Jump.’ ”
[T]he peace between Hamas and Fatah last month stunned both American and Israeli observers and deeply complicated negotiations between Israel and a partner now linked to militants who regularly fire rockets at Israel civilians. The revolt in Syria, meanwhile, scuttled peace talks between Syria and Israel that had been the subject of lengthy shuttle diplomacy by a top Mitchell deputy, Fred Hoff.
For an administration that already has its hands full in the Middle East, the Hamas-Fatah deal appears to have frozen U.S. attempts to capitalize on the Arab Spring for the purposes of Arab-Israeli peace. Now, Obama’s Middle East speech next week will not include a heavy focus on Israel and the Palestinians, White House officials say. And meetings next week with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely focus on broader regional questions.
George Mitchell's exit marks low point in peace process - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com
thank you, i caught it after the edit window closed
absolutely, i was wrong---the stud was senate majority leader, 89 to 95, from maine
very big news, my friends, very sadly ominous
yesterday was nakba, anniversary of israel's founding
a great deal of violence on israel's 3 borders---syria, lebanon and gaza
thousands of muslim protesters marching on border villages, israeli troops opening fire
firebombs in the west bank and jerusalem
a truck driver plowing into a crowd in tel aviv
israel sees iran's fingerprints in the north
some backdrop---the hamas-fatah deal two weeks ago, george mitchell's exit friday
coming up---obama's major "arab spring address" thursday
Israel-Palestinian violence erupts on three borders | Reuters
Eight killed as Israeli troops open fire on Nakba Day border protests | World news | The Guardian
Video and Photos of Nakba Day Riots and
Eight said killed as IDF fires on infiltrators from Syria and Lebanon - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
cnn's anderson cooper (the son of the poor little rich girl, gloria vanderbilt) just five minutes ago broadcast a video from deraa that's up on the internet, appears to be recorded on some local's cell phone, anderson said he couldn't vouch for it...
it showed an ambulance trying to make its way thru sniper fire to retrieve a victim or victims
the driver was shot, he appeared to be dead or very badly injured, no way any sniper could have mistaken the medic for anything other
cooper then aired a film he said he'd had showing a teen, flat on the ground vs sniper fire, shot while already down and bleeding very fast
cooper said he had another which he wouldn't show of a younger child being badly or hurt or "probably killed"
cooper was unequivocal in stressing that these innocents were targeted, scoped
obama tomorrow is making his big "arab spring address"
the world is watching
hamas and fatah signed an agreement two weeks ago brokered by egypt
Rival Palestinian regimes of Hamas, Fatah reconcile in deal brokered by Egypt | cleveland.com
today in his highly anticipated major address on arab spring, barack the slasher hussein sided with those who deal with terrorists
Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders - Yahoo! NewsPresident Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.
In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians' opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.
Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel's desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.
know the man
Obama 'disrespected' Israel, threw it 'under the bus,' says Romney - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
seeya at the polls, progressives
in his big arab spring address this morning, obama says we must "change our approach" to the middle east
and here's what HE's prepared to do:
BBC News - Barack Obama presses for Middle East reformKey Points in Mr. Obama's Speech:
In the months ahead the US must use all its resources to encourage reform in North Africa and the Middle East
Will cut $1bn of debt for a democratic Egypt and work to create Enterprise Funds to invest in Tunisia and Egypt
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must lead a political transition or "get out of the way"
US will continue to insist the Iranian people deserve their universal rights, and a government that does not smother their aspirations
Mass arrests and brute force in Bahrain are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain's citizens.
The borders of Israel and a Palestinian state should be based on pre-1967 borders with agreed swaps
when it comes to the palestinian peace process, obama sees it's "up to israelis and palestinians to take action"
well, that's just great, barry
but tell us
is all this gonna happen before or after you meet with the leaders of iran, without preconditions?
in other words, get real