President Bush appears to be engaging in Carter-esque Mideast Peace Legacy Building. The Annapolis peace (choose one: talk, plan, roadmap, process, conference) is no different than previous peace...things. The players are still the same: America, Israel, and the peace loving people who chant: "Death to Israel and America, and all the enimies of Islam!" The difference now is Israel has given so many concessions to the enemy that the enemy is now part of the Israeli government.
This debate is worthless. There is no peace until the enemy who has sworn one's destruction is himself destroyed.
President Bush has 14 months left in office. The "peace" that this Annapolis thing would bring about is slated for, wait for it, 14 months. From the Associated Press:
Hours after opening a Mideast conference, President Bush said Tuesday he was worried about the consequences if the search for peace failed but declared, "It is worth it to try."
Bush cautioned it would take time for Israelis and Palestinians to reach an agreement. The goal is to reach an accord within 14 months by the end of Bush's presidency.
"I don't think it's a risk to try for peace," the president said in an Oval Office interview with reporters from The Associated Press. "I think it's an obligation."
I believe the obligation President Bush feels is to his own posterior. I mean posterity. Carter tried and failed. Clinton tried and failed. Why does George Bush want to be like loser Democrats? He has expanded the size of the federal government by record numbers. And he has not met a spending bill he did not like, until recently. At the midpoint of his second term, I was hoping Mr. Bush would go hardcore and spend all of the political capital he had accquired. Who cares what the stinky hippies think about him?
He has failed to be the president his conservative base elected him to be. Now that significant positive progress has been made in Iraq, let us pray that he continues to be hands-off in that arena.