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Published on January 25th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe


Pat Lang Weighs in Against Ross

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.

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  1. avatar Chuck says:

    I think Pat Lang is great. He’s the right kind of conservative. Clear thinker, articulate and very witty if you read between the lines.

  2. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    You know, Jim, there are right-wingers like Lang and me who are right (as in “correct”) about some things. Did you see his complimentary piece on Obama’s inaugural address?

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Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.

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