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Saturday, September 24, 2005 

Dubya appoints another bad nominee

Power Line reports on how Dubya's appointed Richard Jones for ambassador to Israel:
We've been unhappy lately with some of President Bush's appointees. Generally, the problem has been lack of relevant experience and, perhaps, cronyism. Today, though, I want to focus on a Bush appointee who makes me unhappy precisely because of his relevant experience. I'm referring to the new ambassador to Israel, Richard Jones.
Yup. He too is yet another sign of how the Bush administration is failing of late.

And The Washington Times says:
And what's really going on with Israel? Having withdrawn from Gaza, Israel doesn't even get Washington lip service when it comes to its determination not to assist in PA elections that feature Hamas terrorists. Which begs the question: Whatever happened to George W. Bush's raison d'etre — namely, that we oppose terror networks and the countries that support them? Maybe the answer lies in what passes for tea leaves these days — as in the fact that the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, Richard Jones, most recently Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's right-hand man on Iraq, has "roots in the Arab world so deep," reports the Washington Post, "that his beloved greyhound is named Kisa — for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, his first posting in the Arab world." Explains Mr. Jones: "Maybe they wanted someone who could provide the Arab perspective, too." Which is weird, at best. Of all countries, Israel certainly knows the Arab point of view, historically delivered at gunpoint. But why, oh why, is the American ambassador concerned with presenting the Arab point of view? Is the Arab point of view the American point of view? And where does that leave us in the so-called war on terror?

Earlier this month, the shocking plan for the memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 was released — a memorial in the shape of an Islamic crescent. The only elected official to call for a better plan to honor these brave Americans (who, having saved Washington from further destruction on September 11, plunged to earth hearing al Qaeda hijackers cry, "Allah is the greatest") was Mr. Tancredo. The president, the rest of our leaders, were silent. Maybe we don't expect more of them anymore, which in itself is symbolic. But if the symbolism is clear, the leadership is not.
Which could perfectly explain why just about every nominee for ambassador to Israel turns out to be a disappointment.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.

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