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Dennis Ross Is Moved From State Department Post to White House

By Glenn Kessler
Dennis Ross, the State Department's point man on Iran policy, will be moving to the White House with what appears to be an expanded portfolio, Obama administration officials said today.

Ross, currently special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, has been involved in crafting the administration's outreach to Iran. Officials declined to provide details about his new assignment because it had not been announced yet.

But the new position appears to be more strategic in nature. Officials have suggested Iran increasingly appears to be the diplomatic equivalent of a Rubik's Cube, with the Iran question touching many aspects of foreign policy, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and relations with Europe, Russia, China and Persian Gulf Arabs.

Ross, who trained as a Russia specialist, managed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the Clinton administration.

By Post Editor  |  June 15, 2009; 8:59 PM ET
 
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Ross was the point man for Israel in CLinton's poisoned chalice of a Camp David. He went to work for WOlfowitz right afterward...what the hell is Obama thinking having him anywhere NEAR Middle East policy, nobody believes him????

Posted by: wolfdem | June 17, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I would love to believe that he is being kicked upstairs, to undo the insult of sending an AIPAC tool to bargain with Iran.

Posted by: johnalene | June 16, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm disturbed by Ross's prior positions on Israel; when outside of government, he's made it clear that he's more interested in advocating for Israel's interests than he is in advocating for an equitable and peaceful solution for everyone. I would hope he doesn't accumulate too much influence in the White House.

Posted by: davestickler | June 15, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

What's with the MSM forked tongue regarding Dennis Ross?
He is "marginalized," "out the door," and persona non grata in one headline, yet, characterized as "the administrations' point man on Iran" in the next.

Is his personal Spin Machine just so extraordinarily adept at turning shiit into fertilizer, and keeping his name in spotlights?

As they say: halitosis is better than no breath at all!

Posted by: morphnmomma | June 15, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

That is a huge mistake by the WH . Dennis Ross is well- known to the people of the Middle East as a pro-Israeli Zionist ! In that region,Ross has no credibility whatsoever ! He is a liability to US foreign policy .

Posted by: editor4tonio | June 15, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Probably better to have Jewish/Zionist U.S. representatives not be the front men with dealing with countries which Israel wants destroyed. Not sure if Mr. Ross would have been able to have an audience in Iran as a mediator/peacemaker given his loyalties.

Posted by: amirb1 | June 15, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Ahmadinejad provides a much needed balance in world leadership.

NOT afraid of Zionists.

GREAT for peace lovers all over the world.

Israel is gonna lose face and have to back down now.

No chance to sucker punch another innocent nation with a midnight attack.

Nations have responsibilities. It is long past time for the US and Israel to assume theirs and allow others to live in peace on their own lands.

Posted by: Rubiconski | June 15, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Officials have suggested Iran increasingly appears to be the diplomatic equivalent of a Rubik's Cube, with the Iran question touching many aspects of foreign policy, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and relations with Europe, Russia, China and Persian Gulf Arabs.
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Right.

No country functions in isolation, as every action creates another somewhere.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 15, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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