While not actually agreeing with “Re-Think the Middle East” blogger Michael Lame on this, I enjoyed reading his post. I fear that if Obama’s special envoy to Israel and the Palestinians terminated his mission, this would register as but another defeat for a presidential administration that’s reeling on the edge of a free fall. So, if for no other reason, I’d want Sen. Mitchell to stay. I also still harbor the hope, however unlikely, that he may yet pull something off. What do you think?–R. Seliger
Bring George Mitchell Home by Michael Lame
It’s time for President Obama to bring George Mitchell home. No, Mitchell shouldn’t be fired, nor should he resign, as Stephen Walt recently suggested in Foreign Policy. Rather, I would encourage Obama to reassign the former Senate majority leader to duty in the White House.
I advocate this for two reasons. First, the likelihood of success in his current position is small and getting smaller. Second, he is needed more at home than abroad to help address a matter of national importance which is even more pressing than Israeli-Palestinian conflict. … Read the rest online.