Dennis Ross vs. Obama: No link between Iran, Mideast peace

Dennis Ross, the U.S. Secretary of State’s special adviser on Iran, says in a new book that the United States will not make progress toward peace in the Middle East with the Obama administration’s new plan.

The book, written with David Makovsky and entitled “Myths, illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East,” opposes the Obama administration’s concept of linkage. The book is to be published by Viking Press next month.

Just why is Ross so anxious to argue that the unrest in the middle east has NOTHING to do with the massacre in Lebanon and Gaza?
All Arab leaders have confirmed the connection between Israeli aggression and Arab militant extremism. But Ross thinks he knows best:

In the second chapter, entitled “Linkage: The Mother of All Myths,” Ross writes: “Of all the policy myths that have kept us from making real progress in the Middle East, one stands out for its impact and longevity: the idea that if only the Palestinian conflict were solved, all other Middle East conflicts would melt away. This is the argument of ‘linkage.'”

Ross wrote the book with Makovsky, a former Jerusalem Post journalist who in recent years has been a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, considered a pro-Israel think tank.

The book was written before Ross took up his current position as senior State Department adviser. Ross’ appointment has been controversial because he is an observant Jew and is considered a strong supporter of Israel.

Obama brought him into the administration…and not poor Ross can’t promote his book.

Ross, still putting Israel ahead of America’s national defense. There are words for him.

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