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Bush in the Middle East « Previous | |Next »
January 10, 2008

The lameduck President is concerned about his legacy and he reckons that a quick visit to the Middle East will nudge along the peace process even though Hezbollah will be excluded, Bush is Israel's best friend, Iran is defined as the enemy, and Bush's Roadmap requires Mahmoud Abbas to dismantle Hamas. No worries, Bush's very presence is enough, apparently, to shift things along:

Bushlegacy.jpg Alan Moir

Israel has premised its actions on the assumption of U.S. primacy. So what happens withe slow demise of Pax Americana? The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran is a blow to the Israeli leadership,as it argued that Iran terminated their efforts to produce a nuclear bomb, and they have not resumed them since.

Israel has been using the “Iran threat” as a political organizing principle at home and abroad. Even when the Bush Administration makes feeble attempts to put the Israeli-Palestinian question on the agenda, the Israelis make sure that it all takes place in the context of a conversation about Iran as an “existential threat” to Israel. However, Washington no longer has the capacity to take the steps required to stabilize the region.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:40 AM | | Comments (7)


I read somewhere that Israel turned the lights off so Bush could watch the sunrise. What a joke.

Nothing Bush does in that region will rescue his legacy, which is exactly what he deserves. If Washington no longer has the capacity, then Bush no longer has the legitimacy.

That's a good one from Moir.
Condi, one of the right's few hopes for an otherwise long and bleak future. And is that a lame duck , or just a plain straight-out turkey, hobbling along behind her, shell- shocked by its own stupidity?

...or maybe more a goose..
Bears out the perspacity of Pryors " Long Retreat from Baghdad", used as a cover for a Ken Davison's "Dissent" mag a few years ago.

After the W.H.O figures of estimates of 151,000 dead civilians since the war started I got the calculator out.
If you put the average height of the dead at 1.5mtrs you could lay them all end to end along the highway. Then you could get in your car and drive the 226 kilometers that the line of dead civilians would be.
The thought of it makes me sick.

Les, I like that Rice much better than the other one. It looks as though Obama and Rudd would get along very well on foreign policy.

Yes I thought that too. If he does get in and manage to keep the same line he will make more friends in the world than enemies. Now will be a radical shift for America!