Wednesday, March 5, 2008

U.S. to Change Ambassador to Israel

Haaretz reported James Cunningham would soon be announced as the new U.S. envoy to Israel. He will replace Richard Jones formerly of Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority fame and Ambassador to Israel since 2005. Mr. Jones' bio shows historical ties to the Saudis.

The new man in charge comes from the Far East, having served as U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong. Does George W. need a fresh face in the region given the two slaps in today's news? The first came when OPEC said it wouldn't increase production to ease oil prices, citing America's responsibility for the current economic woes. Now that's Bush like compassion.

The second bitch slap came from the Arab League when it threatened to pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty should Israel ever admit it has nuclear weapons. Bush's War on Terror was supposed to make the world a safer place. Now Israel will have to keep its nukes in the cannister when they make that predicted raid on Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities. Otherwise, it could trigger a worldwide arms race.

For a record of Mr. Richard Jones impact on Israel during his three years as Ambassador, check out our Tel Aviv embassy's press releases. Either he did little or Condi's controlling the press strings. But the new guy held State Department Lurch's spot while John Negroponte stewed waiting Senate confirmation for a U.N. post. During that time James Cunningham deflected international criticism of Israel. It looks like he'll be doing that again.