by Marco Carnelos
David Ignatius is an excellent writer, but it seems he is excelling more as a novelist than as a foreign policy columnist.
His recent Washington Post column on Lebanon once again demonstrates the difficulty that leading US commentators appear to face in understanding, and offering their readers a realistic assessment of, the situation in the Middle East.
Some may wonder about the identities of the “Lebanese politicians and security officials” that Ignatius describes from Beirut. They are likely the usual suspects, those who for years have fed Washington with erroneous or distorted assessments of the region – part of a larger group of Arab elites who cleverly manipulate their American masters.