Ret. Col. Pat Lang, a former top Pentagon Middle East and South intelligence analyst, has weighed in very strongly against the prospective appointment of Dennis Ross to be the Obama administration’s special envoy on Iran on his blog which, while very conservative in political orientation, I make a point of reading at least every other day.
We will see if Ross gets his appointment this week and how broad his portfolio will be. Remarkably, the group he co-founded with Richard Holbrooke last year has already congratulated him (and, presumably with more justification, Holbrooke, on his appointment:
“United Against Nuclear Iran thanks Ambassadors Holbrooke and Ross for their commitment, service, and leadership and we congratulate them on their recent appointments to the Department of State.”
So far as I know, it’s not yet official.