Obama Appoints Special Envoy to Afghanistan Who Wanted Iran to Train Afghan Military


Why yes, that is the Center for American Progress logo in the background

Why yes, that is the Center for American Progress logo in the background

Sadly Ahmadinejad was still finishing up his term and could not be appointed the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan. So Obama had to settle for James Dobbins.

With little comment from conservative media, President Obama last week appointed James Dobbins as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the high-profile job long occupied by the late Richard Holbrooke.

Kerry made this clear while announcing the appointment. He said, “He [Dobbins] has deep and longstanding relationships in the region … Jim will continue building on diplomatic efforts to bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion, actively engaging with states in the region and the international community.”

Secretary Kerry was referring, evidently, to Dobbins “deep and longstanding relationship” with Iran.

As Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and general troubleshooter in the George W. Bush administration, Dobbins proposed to jointly train the Afghan army with Iran. As he said in Congressional testimony in 2007:

“Iranian participation, under American leadership, in a joint program of this sort would be a breathtaking departure after more than 20 years mutual hostility.”

Breathtaking departure would be the word.

Dobbins is a prominent exponent of the idea that America can live with a nuclear Iran, as well as an opponent of the use of military force against Iran’s nuclear program  under any conditions.

There he co-authored a 2011 monograph entitled, “Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran.” In effect, the Dobbins report proposes a don’t ask, don’t tell approach to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Dobbins has argued forcefully and frequently against the use of military force against Iran under any circumstances. In a Nov. 16, 2011 article for US News and World Report entitled, “An Attack Would Only Strengthen Iran’s Influence.”

There are plenty of diplomatic jobs that we could just outsource to Saudi Arabia instead of paying lavish salaries to diplomats who only repeat Saudi talking points. It would seem that we could just as easily outsource James Dobbins’ job to Iran.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The treachery gets deeper and deeper, but no one should be shocked. NOT at all – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Cyrus

    Ambassador Dubbins is a great diplomat representing the United States.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And obama is a great president representing golf courses.

  • BLJ

    The turd isn't even concealing his hand. The compliant media continues to provide cover when needed.

  • tarasbalderdash

    Wow, another appointee openly hostile to the USA. Hope nobody looks up from their sports broadcasts and video games in America and notices their country is gone. Maybe they can vote for an even more virulent enemy of human freedom and dignity next elections.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      If only we had journalists in this country not trained at marxist colleges.

      We need to take our country back, from the school rooms clear to the courts.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama continues to degrade America and give aid to our enemies through his Communist, Islamist
    amigo's. Is he evil enough for those who voted for him yet, his regeme must be removed and
    America cleansed of these vile people, I wonder if it can be done at the ballot box as the
    corruption is clearly there to steal elections and throw America into horrible turmoil………..William

  • Cat K

    I understand John Kerry's daughter is married into a prominent Iranian family and now Dobbins is pro-Iran. Is the USA becoming a satellite of Iran? Hate for Israel and Jews fits in to that schema.

    Everything rotten and ugly is embraced. Everything good, strong, and righteous is rejected.
    Sad.

  • DDay66

    Haven't you heard, al Qaeda is now an ally? We armed them to take out Kaddafi for us. We are arming them to take out Assad for us. I'm guessing Obama apologized to them for putting our buildings in the way of their recently acquired planes. I mean the alliance makes sense from a Progressive point of view. Both groups hate Jews and Israel. Both hate the USA and believe it should be fundamentally dismantled. And both hate Christians and white Christians especially. It is a match made in heaven.