Bush is in the Mideast for eight days, trying to bolster his goal of achieving a long-elusive peace agreement by the end of his presidency in a year. Speaking at his hotel in Jerusalem, he said again that he thinks that is possible.
God bless him if he can do it, but after all the bullshit they've shoveled over the past 7 years, I'm more inclined to believe it's all just hot air. The time to engage was in 2002, not a year out from his departure (hopefully).
Peace in the Holy Land will not come about from a visit by our Idiot-in-Chief. It will come when the Israelis and Palestinians make an honest attempt at it. When Israel starts dismantling its settlements in the West Bank and Hamas denounces the use of terror against Israel. Unless one of them has the courage to make the first move, or a US President has the balls to read Israel the riot act while they condemn Hamas, nothing will change.
When the Chimp leaves and we have a Dem President (not exactly a sure thing), I'll be looking to them to appoint a career Foreign Service officer as SECSTATE. Another political hack in the post won't bring about a peace in the Holy Land, it will only add to the malaise that has dominated the talks since Bush took office. Flash won't do it, substantive diplomacy will.
I can't wait until the professionals are in charge again. I'm tired of our foreign policy being nothing more than a dog and pony show.