Archive for June 27th, 2009
Dennis Ross: Threat to Peace
The AIPAC propagandist Dennis Ross moves over to the National Security Council
Dennis Ross’ association with AIPAC mentioned in following article
The Israel lobby’s shame
The Israel Lobby’s boy in the White House..
take a look at his connection to Washington Institut
AIPAC associated (Israel first) Dennis Ross moving from State to NSC
Dennis Ross, Iran Adviser, Moves to White House
Oy, You Can Stick a Stake Through Ross’ Heart, But He Won’t Die
Ross moving from State to NSC
June 16, 2009
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dennis Ross will be moving from the State Department to the White House.
Ross, now a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia at the State Department, will take an as yet unnamed position at the National Security Council, according to media reports.
The new job is expected to have a broader reach, encompassing not just policy on Iran but also the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and other areas.
There is some media speculation that Ross’s move is due to the fact that Iran policy is being increasingly run out of the White House.
Ross, 60, was the top Middle East negotiator during the Clinton administration.
Dennis Ross To Move To NSC: U.S. Officials (Associated Press)
MATTHEW LEE | June 15, 2009 05:59 PM EST |
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s pointman on Iran is moving from the State Department to the White House to better coordinate inter-agency policy on the Persian Gulf region, U.S. officials said Monday.
Dennis Ross, who is in charge of formulating President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran as special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia, will take a similar position at the National Security Council, the officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the switch have not yet been finalized.
The White House and State Department declined to comment on the matter but denied an Israeli newspaper report that Ross was being removed from his job. Ross worked on the Middle East peace process for the administrations of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Ross to take central Iran policy role at White House: official
Tue Jun 16, 7:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Veteran diplomat Dennis Ross will soon leave his job at the State Department for a more active role in shaping Iran policy at the White House, a US official said Tuesday.
“He’s going over to the White House,” the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity, adding Ross wanted to move from the sidelines to the center of Obama administration policymaking on Iran.
Unlike Middle East envoy George Mitchell and Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy Richard Holbrooke, who took up their jobs amid great fanfare, Ross slipped under the radar when his post was announced in a late-night communique.
He was also given a vague job title, that of special advisor to the Gulf and southwest Asia, whose duties included advancing the Obama administration’s policy to engage diplomatically with Iran.
State Department officials insisted he was not an envoy or a negotiator, but rather an adviser and coordinator of policies across the region for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Wednesday that Ross remained in his current job, without denying reports he would leave soon.
“He’s on the job here in the State Department working very hard. And if and when we have a personnel announcement, we’ll let you know,” Kelly said.
The unnamed government official said Ross’s new duties were still being worked out and he did not know when Ross would move to the White House. “I don’t think (the move) is imminent,” he added.
The change comes as the disputed presidential election in Iran complicates policymaking in Washington, but officials told the New York Times that Ross’s move is not linked to those developments.
The government official told AFP that Ross, the former Middle East envoy under president Bill Clinton, sees his new job as a step up.
“The issue of Iran is being handled out of the White House. That’s very clear. And if that’s one of your major issues, you’re going to want to be where the action is,” the official said.
“He certainly was not in any way fired. I think it was Dennis Ross wanting to be more in the center of it and … (the) State (Department) doesn’t have the lead on Iran,” the official added.
Experts had seen the assignment of Ross to his State Department post as a way for President Barack Obama to reassure Israel of his support even as Washington announced its intention to open a dialogue with Tehran.
He is seen as a strong supporter of Israel.
The New York Times also said Ross may have ruffled some feathers at the State Department with his new book: “Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”
It said the book proposed a “direct, secret back-channel” to talk to the Iranian government.
Ross was the head of policy planning at the State Department during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and the long-time diplomat also served as a senior-level Obama advisor during the 2008 White House race.
An expert from the progressive New America Foundation, Steve Clemons, wrote on his blog in February that naming Ross as an envoy to Iran would not have been a good idea.
It would have been “seen as a sign that Obama was not serious about a strategic leap out of the current US-Iran relations mess into a different arrangement.”
State evades claims on Iran adviser Ross
Published: June 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM
The U.S. State Department skirted claims that career diplomat Dennis Ross was slated to leave his job there to take up a White House role in Iranian policy.
Ross works currently for the State Department as the special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia, overseeing Iranian policy there.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz and several American newspapers published reports Tuesday saying that Ross would be “abruptly” removed from his position at the State Department to take on a larger role in Iran policy for U.S. President Barack Obama.
But State Department officials skirted the issue, saying Ross remained active in his current role.
“He’s on the job here in the State Department working very hard,” said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.
Kelly later sidestepped the newspaper allegations that Ross was headed for a top position at the White House.
“Newspapers report a lot of things,” he said.
Iran has emerged as a hot-button issue for the Obama White House, particular in the wake of the disputed Iranian elections.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory in the Friday presidential contest. Supporters for his closest challenger, former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, took to the streets in protest over the outcome.
Obama has embraced a policy of engagement with Iran but has not linked that effort directly to the leadership in Tehran.
Obama envoy raises possibility of U.S. strike on Iran:
Dennis Ross mentioned via following youtube as well:
See video: In-Depth Discussion: In Israel’s Interest – US Policy Influenced by Media and Neocon Agenda:
Ross is indeed a chickenhawk and has advocated having US take military action against Iran (for Israel of course!) in the book that he just released with fellow AIPAC associate David Makovsky (can see him being challenged about his AIPAC association in the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube video linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM
The following is another interesting article as well:
“Any Sovereign Nation is Allowed to Bomb Another”
Biden, Israel and Iran
Obama pressed to weigh Iran strike (for Israel)!:
New NSA replacing Jones supports harder line against Iran (for AIPAC/Israel of course!)