Ha'aretz is reporting that Obama"is planning a hierarchy of about five special envoys to various regions, overseen by a kind of "super coordinator," who would answer directly to the president and the secretary of state. I cannot verify this report, but pass it on as interesting. It says....

"The envoy to the Middle East would oversee the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, negotiations between Syria and Israel and the situation in Lebanon.... The other four envoys would be: to Iraq to liaise with the Iraqi government on U.S. troop withdrawal; to Iran to oversee the beginning of dialogue and participate in international discussions on an incentive package; to Afghanistan and Pakistan to stabilize the security situation; and to North Korea to watch over denuclearization and the lifting of international sanctions....The most prominent name in consideration for the top coordinator post is Dennis Ross...Short-listed for the Middle East coordinator are Colin Powell,...Dan Kurtzer...nd Martin Indyk"