- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2001

The incoming administration of President-elect George W. Bush intends to name former Middle East envoy Edward Djerijian deputy secretary of state and former diplomat Paul Wolfowitz deputy secretary of defense, news reports said yesterday.

Mr. Bush is also expected to name Kenneth Dam, a former State Department and White House budget official, as deputy Treasury secretary, Republican sources told Reuters news agency.

Elizabeth Dole, wife of former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and former head of the Red Cross, may be named U.N. ambassador, sources told the wire agency.

A senior foreign-policy source could not confirm the Reuters report.

But he said that if the report is true, it could indicate that the new administration intends to have a more hands-off approach to the Middle East, be more suspicious of North Korea and raise the bar for foreign deployments of U.S. troops.

Republican critics say President Clinton hounded Middle East leaders into a violent impasse that could result in an Israeli election victory next month by Ariel Sharon, a hard-liner opposed to the peace process. The incoming Bush administration also plans a more hard-nosed approach to dealing with North Korea, which has demanded food aid to talk about nuclear and missile controls, the source said.

Mr. Bush has said U.S. troops should be used only when absolutely necessary for U.S. security.

Secretary of State-designee Colin Powell, who faces a confirmation hearing , is in favor of the United States signing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and has advised caution on deploying a robust National Missile Defense system, which Russia says would destroy arms-control pacts and China warns could lead to an arms race.

Mr. Djerijian, who spent the last few years at the Rice University in Houston's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is an Arabic-speaking career diplomat who served as ambassador to both Syria and Israel, as well as assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern affairs during the first Bush administration.

"Powell wanted someone who knows and is from the [State Department] building," the source said.

Mr. Djerijian has criticized the Clinton administration for its insistence on maintaining U.N. sanctions against Iraq as long as Saddam Hussein is in power, but failing to force Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to carry out the peace process.

Mr. Powell said in Houston last month, when he was nominated as secretary of state, that "we must always ensure that Israel lives in freedom and in security and peace. But at the same time, we have to do everything we can to deal with the aspirations of the Palestinians and other nations in the region who have an interest in this."

Mr. Wolfowitz, dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, has criticized the Clinton administration for its Iraq policy, calling it a "muddle of confusion" in 1998 testimony before the House National Security Committee.

"The key lies not in marching U.S. soldiers to Baghdad, but in helping the Iraqi people to liberate themselves from Saddam," he said.

Mr. Dam, who is reportedly in line to be named No. 2 at Treasury, served as executive director of the Council on Economic Policy in 1973 and as assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1971 to 1973.

Mr. Dam also was deputy secretary of state for three years before departing to become vice president of law and external relations at IBM from 1986 to 1992. Since leaving IBM, Mr. Dam has been a law professor at the University of Chicago.


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