Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, and other very wise foreign policy practitioners from America's higher stakes Cold War past recommended to President Obama that he lay out his own parameters and vision for what the outlines of a final deal should look like. They strongly encouraged him to "make his own weather" and to provide this outline of his views before the February 2009 Israeli elections.
Barack Obama failed to heed their advice. Big mistake. And ever since, Obama has been responding to the weather that Bibi Netanyahu has created.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
She's Still Waiting
Steve Clemons, my former Nixon Center colleague, says Barack Obama should press reset on the Middle East and grasp for a comprehensive settlement and greatness: