Monday, January 31, 2011

Obama invites Elliott Abrams to the White House: between Jeffrety Feltman and Abrams, US Middle East strategy is in tatters

"INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, per Laura Rozen: Michele Dunn of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution's Robert Kagan. They co-chair a bipartisan working group on Egypt. Also coming are others from their group, including Elliott Abrams, President’s Bush’s deputy national security adviser for the Mideast, and George Washington University Middle East expert Marc Lynch."  I will see if I can get information about the meeting.  Michele Dunn was my classmate at Georgetown: she had the best Arabic of anyone then and even read and enjoyed Arabic poetry. (thanks Jamal)

PS Of course, Obama--unlike Bush--is not dumb and he knows that Abrams knows shit about the Middle East, but take his invitation as one of many "centrist" gestures by a president who is, Clinton style, "reaching out" to Republicans.  Just as he extended the horrific Bush's tax "cuts."