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."Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47941.html#ixzz1BgmKc0o1

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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