Friday, May 30, 2008

GWB and Condi: Losing Control?

PJB argues that the US is no longer a credible broker in the Middle East.

Israel has ignored Bush's demand that it stop building and expanding settlements on a West Bank that is to be the heartland of a Palestinian state. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been secretly negotiating with Syria for the return of the Golan Heights in exchange for peace.
When America refused to play honest broker between Jerusalem and Damascus, Turkey, at Israel's request, stepped into the role.

The pro-American Lebanese government of Prime Minister Siniora has negotiated a truce and power-sharing arrangement with Hezbollah, giving that militant Shiite movement and party veto power in the Beirut government. Egypt is negotiating with Hamas for a truce in the Israeli-Gaza war and to effect the exchange of a captured Israeli solider held by Hamas for Hamas fighters held in Israel

We had mentioned earlier that Ms. Rice seems to be failing with North Korea, as well.

Buchanan has reservations about the "democratize" thrust of Bush's foreign policy--and Bush should share those reservations.

The Bush democracy crusade was put on the shelf after producing election triumphs for Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

I guess those were not exactly the results that we expected, eh?

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