51st: The politics of muddle through
Aaron David Miller, former ME diplomat, and author of The Too Much Promised Land, is one of the more thoughtful and careful observers of U.S.-Israel negotiations.
He has this in Politico: “Muddle through is usually given a bad name — particularly by the energizer bunnies of U.S. diplomacy who want engagement and solutions. But under current circumstances, it may not be such a bad idea.” Miller offers four strands for Administration policy to pursue as part of muddling through. My two-cents: The U.S. may have already lost our capacity for command and control here, and perhaps “muddle through” should be interpreted as “Do no (more) harm.”