Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen suspected of links to terrorism, was abducted by Macedonian officials while on vacation there in late 2003 and turned over to a group of CIA agents. El-Masri had fallen victim to the shadowy practice of rendition, whereby a foreign national can be taken by the CIA to a third party country.
Hanging on the wall of Dennis Ross' office at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a map of Jerusalem, a gift from President Clinton for distinguished diplomatic service. Indeed, as a policy planner at the State Department during the first Bush administration and a chief envoy in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for Clinton, Dennis Ross is no stranger to the complex world of American foreign relations. On a recent July morning, he sat down with me to discuss his new book, Statecraft, And How to Restore America's Standing in the World.
What is statecraft exactly? It sounds Machiavellian.
In 2003, Josh Rushing, a U.S. Marine captain, was a spokesman for the Pentagon's Iraq strategy. Two years later, he became a reporter for Al Jazeera English. This transformation -- from the military's representative on Arab media to a military analyst at Al Jazeera -- has been as powerful as it has been public. Whether denounced as a Benedict Arnold or lauded as an exemplary soldier and American, Rushing has courted controversy by taking on the world of American media.