January 7th, 2009
04:50 PM ET

Ross, Holbrooke, Haass to serve as envoys

Marc Ambinder
The Atlantic

Transition officials confirm that President-elect Obama has asked Dennis Ross, Richard Haass, and Richard Holbrooke, to serve as his chief emissaries to world hot spots.

It's expected that Ross will get the Iran portfolio, that Holbrooke, the hard-headed architect of the Dayton Peace Accords, will take the tough (and tougher) Southwest Asia portfolio, which includes India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that Haass will deal with the Middle East.

Each man's turf is still in flux, so the assignments might change. Other envoys will be added to this list; they'll deal with Africa and South America.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Gilby-HI

    Why is it that these anouncements make me feel like I am being sold a vacume cleaner by a weird guy in a plaid sport coat and saging socks.

    January 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Good picks – well seasoned experienced men for a difficult time. Obama is making some wonderful appointments and positioning the country to come back as a world leader – both well respected and looked to as a leader. Before his election I had doubts that this would ever happen again after the 8 years of Bush; now, I feel confidence returning. That is a wonderful feeling.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  3. Isaac Carmignani

    Keep up the good work barack, project sensible foreign policy throughout the world.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  4. JC-Los Angeles

    Mary, with all due respect, sell crazy some place else; our nation has become a morally bankrupt cesspool due to a lack of oversight at all levels of government and industry.

    When our leaders, executives and politicians start to lead by example, only then will I sign off on any of them.

    January 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  5. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    @ JC Los Angeles........ you do not seem to recognize these men, they have been around doing diplomatic work on behalf of our Nation for many years. I am sure they have been vetted.

    Ross, Haass and Holbrooke will be great........ now begins the repairing of yet another Bush Disaster: Foreign Policy!

    America will become respected worldwide again.

    America will become prosperous again!

    And America will heal from the wounds of the last eight years.

    May God bless, guide and protect Barack Obama!

    January 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  6. earle,florida

    Now were cooking with gas PE Obama, fantastic choices especially Mr. Holbrooke!

    January 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  7. Joey

    Great Choice President-elect Obama!! We knew we could count on you to appoint the President of the Council on Foreign Relations to be chief emissary of the Middle East.

    January 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
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    January 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  9. JC- Los Angeles

    Please tell us that they have been vetted properly, please.

    January 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm |