George Mitchell To Be Named Middle East Envoy
This is Barack Obama's best pick yet. The President will name George Mitchell Middle East envoy. Mictchell has a stellar resume.
Antitrust lawyer - Justice Department
U.S. Attorney for Maine
Federal judge for District of Maine
U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Mitchell's foreign policy accomplishments are equally impressive.
Michell negotiated Belfast Agreement. The compromise allowed power sharing between the British, Catholic and Protestant Irish. The Presidential Medal of Freedom and Liberty Medal were awarded to Mitchell.
Other notable facts: Mitchell served as Disney's Chairman of the Board. Major League Baseball hired Mitchell to investigate the steroid scandal. The former Senator served in the Red Sox front office. Currently, Mitchell is the Chancellor of the Queen's University of Belfast.
No other Obama appointee has a resume to match Mitchell's. This is a fantastic appointment.
Update: Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, makes a politically foolish statement.
“Sen. Mitchell is fair. He’s been meticulously even-handed,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “But the fact is, American policy in the Middle East hasn’t been ‘even handed’ — it has been supportive of Israel when it felt Israel needed critical U.S. support.
“So I’m concerned,” Foxman continued. “I’m not sure the situation requires that kind of approach in the Middle East.”
Besides Foxman's lack of political tact: Foxman wants a peace broker that will allow Israel to crush the Palistanians. Mitchell was brought on because of his success delivering peace in Northern Ireland. Not help continue war in the occupied territories.