Jeffrey Goldberg is trying to figure out where Dennis Ross will be working. What exactly does Southwest Asia and the Gulf mean? Goldberg quotes a State Department press briefing:
QUESTION: Can you give us – well, what is the State Department’s definition geographically of Southwest Asia? What countries does that include?MR. WOOD: Matt, I didn’t —QUESTION: No, you guys named an envoy for Southwest Asia. I presume that you know what countries that includes.
MR. WOOD: Yes. Of course, we know. I just – I don’t have the list to run off – you know, right off the top of my head here. But obviously, that’s going to encompass – that region encompasses Iran. It will – you know, it’ll deal with —…
MR. WOOD: Well, he’s going to be in touch with a number of officials who work on issues throughout this region.QUESTION: Does it include Iraq?MR. WOOD: Indeed, it does…. .QUESTION: And so, does it include parts of the Middle East?MR. WOOD: Yes.QUESTION: It does? Does it include Syria, and it includes Israel and it includes Jordan?MR. WOOD: Well, he’ll be looking at the entire region that will include, you know–QUESTION: Where does that stop? I mean, you know, you have NEA which, you know, runs all the way to Morocco. So does it include –