INSIGNIFICANT PERSON OF THE DAY AWARD – AT 3:36 P.M. ET: We hereby establish a new award at Urgent Agenda – The Jimmah – named for Jimmah Carter and given to the most insignificant public figure of the day. Like our Pompous Fool Award, the Jimmah will be given only after stringent standards are met.
Our first winner:
Former US Attorney-General Ramsey Clark is in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on a solidarity mission.
Clark met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday to kick off a three-day visit. He'll also meet with human rights activists and visit relatives of people killed during Operation Cast Lead two years ago.
Clark did not comment to reporters, but Haniyeh's office says the two discussed Israel's blockade of Gaza and recent escalations in Israeli-Palestinian fighting.
The visit places Clark at odds with American foreign policy, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist group. A longtime critic of US military policy in the Middle East, Clark served on Saddam Hussein's defense team.
COMMENT: Congratulations, Ramsey Clark. The rusted statuette of Jimmah is on its way. I won't say anything more because I don't use that language with women present.
January 5, 2011