Laura Rozen allows an anonymous Administration official to hijack her blog and accuse the National Security Council's Dennis Ross of dual-loyalty:
"He [Ross] seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu's coalition politics than to U.S. interests," one U.S. official told POLITICO Saturday. "And he doesn't seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this Administration."
What some saw as the suggestion of dual loyalties shows how heated the debate has become.
An alternative explanation might be that Ross, who is a well-known critic of Netanyahu's, understands the internal dynamics of Netanyahu's dysfunctional coalition, and is looking for smart ways for President Obama to manipulate the situation so that progress -- not merely rhetorical progress, but actual progress -- can be made, both in bringing about the territorial compromise needed for peace, and in stopping Iran from going nuclear. But in today's neo-Lindberghian climate, if a Jewish Administration official suggests a course of action that can be interpreted in any way as sympathetic to Israel, he will be called a dual-loyalist, in this case by a coward hiding behind a screen of anonymity erected by Politco.