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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2013
15
The
July 8 [
Washington Post
] editorial “Pursuing a Narrow Peace”
was
too narrow. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s diplomatic eforts are the best
strategy for addressing the complex chaos in the Middle East. There is nothing “nar-
row” about trying, after all these decades, to achieve a better outcome than the inevi-
table confict and danger to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority from unending
confrontation
Furthermore, it is wrong to think that Mr. Kerry has neglected the Syrian and Egyp-
tian crises, which are interconnected with the peace process. There is much more
going on diplomatically than is credited. It is an efort that is also related to a wide
grouping of Arab states that must be part of any long-term peace in the region.
President Obama, Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel realize the signif-
cance of the peace process and the centrality of the two-state solution, without which
there will be no peace for anyone. The profered “economic” prize for all sides shows
how serious this efort is.
In sum, the Obama administration clearly sees a wide range of
solutions and challenges in the region. It is the
Post
that seems to
be looking through a narrow and, frankly, too negative lens.
—From
an op-ed in the July 12
Washington Post
by
retired FSO Harry C. Blaney III, a senior fellow at
the
Center for International Policy.
small-town activist and political party
operative who is moving higher in non-
elective politics.
Leon Strummer
is a high-powered
Washington lawyer. Whether operat-
ing behind the scenes or in public, he is
always a major player in power circles.
He is profane, arrogant and abrasive.
Gretta
(no last name given), whom
we meet in the second act, is a maid in
the home of the Danish minister of sport
and recreation. She is sometimes casual
about what is hers and what is not.
In the frst act, set in the Butts’ fam-
ily room in Union, Ill., Valerie (played
winningly by Patsy Magno) hatches her
scheme to escape her Midwestern “pur-
gatory” and return to political life. Te
second act unfolds in Embassy Copen-
hagen, where we watch Ambassador
Valerie Butts juggle several overlapping
crises.
“Madam Ambassador” began life as a
one-act play written for two performers.
After a successful public reading, Ryan
expanded it to two acts, and restructured
the play to bring three characters on stage
who were originally ofstage. Te new ver-
sion received appreciative public readings
in the Washington, D.C., area and London
before coming to the Fringe Festival.