Lieberman, believe it or not, opposes:

"My own sense is that this controversy is not going to go away until you or Ambassador Freeman find a way to resolve it."

But Lieberman supported the candidate whose approach to the Middle East was the same as Bush's. And that candidate lost - in part because he represented the same failed policies as his predecessor. The good news:

Blair said he would rely on Freeman for his irreverent judgment: he is "a person of strong views, of an inventive mind in the analytical point of view, and when we go back and forth with him better understanding comes out of those interactions, and that's primarily the value that he would bring," he said.

Why would one support Obama to see him implement the same Middle East policies and the same one-dimensional worldview as Bush? Help me out here.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.