Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns is being promoted to deputy secretary of state, moving from the number three to the number two position in the State Department. Burns is a veteran Middle East specialist.
This is the first time in history that a career foreign service officer has held this job. Why is this happening? The administration wants to show that it has someone with experience at the highest level. It is also signalling the importance of the Middle East.
Ironically, Burns has spent his three-decade-long career advocating things that are mostly the exact opposite of what the Obama Administration is doing. Will he be able to influence the White House to change its course?
Maybe. But Burns didn’t get to where he is today by being a dissenter. Perhaps his final exam was the testimony he had to give last month in which he completely explained administration Middle East policy exactly the White House wanted.
The problem is that when one listens to his explanations it is easy to understand how disastrously bad that policy has been.
How much do you want to bet that this will not stop the Chazar claim of Arabs? Genetic study sheds light on Jewish diasporaJune 13, 2010
The researchers analysed genetic samples from 14 Jewish communities across the world and compared them with those from 69 non-Jewish populations.
Their study, published in Nature, revealed that most Jewish populations were “genetically closer” to each other than to their non-Jewish neighbours.
It also revealed genetic ties between globally dispersed Jews and non-Jewish populations in the Middle East.
This fits with the idea that most contemporary Jews descended from ancient Hebrew and Israelite residents in the Middle Eastern region known as the Levant. It provides a trace of the Jewish diaspora.
How much do you want to bet that this will not stop the Chazar claim of Arabs?