Jared's "Road Map to Nowhere"

From New York Magazine on Jared's unsuccessful trip to the Middle East to bring peace, Roadmap to Nowhere:

Palestinian leaders were said to be greatly disappointed in Kushner and Greenblatt serving as go-betweens for Netanyahu, as well as Kushner’s unwillingness to state a clear position on the issue of settlements. Al-Hayat even suggested that Trump was considering abandoning his effort to broker Mideast peace after the meeting, though a senior administration official dismissed that claim as “nonsense,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

It appears Netanyahu played Kushner like a fiddle, sending him to Ramallah with a laundry list of demands that he knew Abbas would reject, further delaying the start of any ostensible peace negotiations by instigating a diplomatic crisis he could then blame on Palestinian intransigence.

What's mind-boggling is that he was given this role in the first place: [More...]

Which raises the question: Why on earth is Jared Kushner in charge of this operation? Not only does he have no credentials whatsoever, his meddling in this administration’s Middle East policy has already had potentially serious consequences. The American Conservative’s Mark Perry hears from a close associate of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Kushner and his friend Yousef Al-Otaiba, the U.A.E. ambassador to the U.S., were behind Trump’s decision earlier this month to blindside his own Departments of Defense and State by labeling Qatar “a funder of terrorism at a very high level.” To hear this associate tell it, Tillerson has just about had it with Kushner’s habit of “running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters.”

So are we done with him?

Perhaps fortunately, Kushner will likely be busy in the near future defending himself in the developing investigation into his communications with Russian officials and bank executives, as well as his personal finances and business dealings. But it should go without saying that anyone dogged by such questions should under no circumstances be running foreign policy on behalf of the United States government. If Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis can’t convince Trump to stop listening to his wunderkind adviser, that’s a big problem.

I think it's only a matter of time before Jared and Ivanka pack themselves up, dust themselves off and skulk back to New York. That shouldn't end our outrage:

Trump’s willingness to hand his daughter and son-in-law the keys to the government whenever they want to drive it constitutes a level of reckless, corrupt nepotism the likes of which this country has rarely seen.

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    based on the news today (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 29, 2017 at 05:46:24 PM EST
    Jared may be Secretary of State by next week

    Tillerson seems near the end of his teather

    TETHER (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 29, 2017 at 06:03:18 PM EST
    I don't think there is a meeting I've heard (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun Jul 02, 2017 at 01:28:53 PM EST
    about this year that I would have more wanted to be a fly on the wall in than the Kushner-Abbas get together. Holy Moses. Can you even imagine?