Dennis Ross, who most recently served as a special State Department envoy to Iran, will abruptly be relieved of his duties, sources in Washington told Haaretz. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.
The Obama administration will announce that Ross has been reassigned to another position in the White House. In his new post, the former Mideast peace envoy under President Bill Clinton will deal primarily with regional issues related to the peace process.
One of the persistent failures of George W. Bush, was his inability to have good people assigned to important posts. But even more catastrophic for us and the planet, was his insistence on keeping bad people when they kept on getting worse in their job performance. His reluctance to fire for the right reasons will become legendary in the American political tapestry.
Haaretz vaguely speculates why Ross is being moved. It fails to ask the obvious, "Why now?" (The article is dated Monday, so it is very fresh.)
Because we saw so few terminations of people in posts like Ross' during the Bush years, it is hard to do a compare-and-contrast theme yet. But it will be interesting to see how the president reacts to the Iranian election fiasco in his recommendation for Ross' replacement.