The number of cynical and Machiavellian foreign service operators on the US state department payroll is about to decrease by one, it was just learned:
Obama’s Influential Mideast Envoy to Resign - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — Dennis B. Ross, a seasoned diplomat who has been one of President Obama’s most influential advisers on Iran, the Middle East peace process and the political upheaval in the Arab world, will leave the White House in December, a senior administration official said on Thursday."The Ross dude made his announcement "at a lunch with Jewish leaders," the NYT story continues, showing their subject in his most comfortable milieu. Among Jewish leaders, listening to their instructions and giving an affirmative response to any and all requests is the perfect characterization of a US envoy in the Middle East.
The US at one time attempted to present itself as an "honest broker" in the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, but as the right-wing PR machine grew and perfected its techniques, and the essential lubricant of political influence flowed from the Zionists to US politicians, facades and appearances ceased to be of much concern to the political establishment and its sycophants in the corporate media. It was then that an imposter like Ross could operate at peak efficiency as Obama's butt-boy emissary to Tel Aviv.
No stone has ever been left unturned in the Israeli campaign to remake the region in its image and interests. The plight of Palestinians has grown progressively desperate with Dennis Ross and his cohort putting the entire resources of the US government in the service of Israeli expansionist and colonialist designs.
"What a shame it is to lose one's mind," as GW Bush famously remarked, and he could have been speaking of those who would assert that the US deals evenhandedly with the parties in the Mideast. It is because of guys who are eager to follow the orders of their patrons, however immoral and illegal, that makes the process of oppression and exploitation so effortless and lucrative for corrupt governments in today's world.
So it's not hats off, but we drop our drawers for Dennis Ross, and wish that he kiss our arses with the relish he reserves for the guys who sign his paycheck -- may he find himself buried alive under pallets of benjamins!