Het aanstellen van Israel-lobbyist Dennis Ross en anti-Iran hard-liner Richard Holbrooke als beleidsadviseurs voor Iran en Afghanistan/Pakistan, wijst helaas niet op een evenwichtiger beleid dan Bush voerde.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a detailed letter of congratulations to new U.S. President Barack Obama, giving hope for warmer U.S.-Iran relations. But its unclear how the Obama administration will respond.
Part of Obamas problem is that he is staffing key offices at the State Department with hawkish Democrats who have had close ties both to Washingtons Israel Lobby and to neoconservatives advocating endless war against what they call Islamo-fascism
Top Obama advisers, like Dennis Ross and Richard Holbrooke, also have advocated hard-line policies toward Iran and may have trouble pulling back from the Bush eras demonization of Tehran.
News analyst Pepe Escobar examines who seems to be on Obama’s side in favor of new Mideast diplomacy — and who seems to be peddling a different agenda.