While on the subject of cruelty to dogs, look what W has in mind for his disgraced poodle.
The Bush administration is laying the groundwork for an announcement of Tony Blair's appointment as a special Middle East envoy for Palestinian governance and economic issues after he steps down as
Blair would report to the Quartet overseeing Middle East peace efforts -- the
The Palestinians have yet to be approached on the possibility, but
Blair's role would be an expanded version of the one previously played by former World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn, who resigned in May 2006 out of frustration with the deadlock over aid to the Palestinians after the January election of Hamas, U.S. officials said. …But Wolfensohn held the position for only 13 months. In his final report, he warned that neither the United Nations nor private relief groups would be able to fill the vacuum if the Palestinian government collapsed or imploded bec
(Sang Tan -- Associated Press)
Eli Stevens at Left I on the news points out
the position has been open since April, 2006, more than a year! Not that anything different would have happened had the position been filled, mind you. But still, it does rather reflect the "seriousness" (as in ha, ha) that the "Quartet" treats the concept of a just solution for