Flat-out failureby Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com ) Wednesday May 18th, 2011
Special Envoy George Mitchell resigned, clearly angry at the lack of support his peace efforts received from the White House - and his resignation letter was about as curt and cold as any in recent memory. The announcement of his resignation followed reports that the president's Thursday speech on the Middle East will, amazingly, say virtually nothing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Obama administration intends to avoid deviation from the AIPAC/Netanyahu blueprint. Obama will "stress the importance of the U.S.-Israeli relationship," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, describing that partnership as an "unshakable bond." Now it is blatantly adopting a policy that deeply grieves the very Arab democrats it supposedly champions. The U.S. was trying to mediate a "roadmap to peace" between Israel and the Palestinians, but it's been a complete dead end so far. There's not even a road there, no sort of pathway that would lead toward peace, so I don't know if you could even say it went so far as a dead end, much less to the point where any sort of map would be required. It's just been a flat-out failure!
Ted Rudow III, MA