Today’s NYT had an interesting article noting that,
When President Obama named two marquee diplomats as his special emissaries to the Middle East and to Afghanistan and Pakistan last January, many here wondered whether they would eclipse Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nine months later, the two envoys, Richard C. Holbrooke and George J. Mitchell, are the ones fighting to stay in the limelight.
The author of the piece, Mark Landler, included a great quote from Dan Kurtzer, who during the Clinton administration was US ambassador to Egypt, and from 2001 through 2005 was Pres. Bush’s ambassador to Israel:
“The problem is not merchandising or marketing, it’s the product,” said Mr. Kurtzer, who has advised Mr. Obama on Middle East issues. “If you don’t have a good policy, it doesn’t matter if you have a good envoy or not.”
Many people in the Middle East are still waiting for signs of that “good policy” from Washington.