Back then it was Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, Dan Kurtzer and Aaron Miller running US middle east policy. Not A Goy To Be Seen. At least Mitchell insisted on having David Hale as his deputy, so even tho' Mitchell is now gone there is at least SOMEONE who can act as a counter-weight to Dennis "Israel's Lawyer" Ross.
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)
from the article: French Mideast envoy fired for opposing Palestinian UN bid