King Abdullah of Jordan issued new calls for Israel-Arab peacemaking to deal with the real root causes of the Israel-Lebanon war. He is concerned the conflict weakened moderate Muslim leaders.
Bush will ignore his calls for several reasons. First, the U.S. President has been AWOL on Middle East peace, starting a pre-emptive war in the region and virtually ignoring the Israel-Palestine issue. For him to strongly lead in resolving that issue would mean admitting his first grader root cause analysis citing the Hezbollah kidnapping as the source of the war, did not deserve the A+ and the gold star he wore on his forehead for a day.
The second reason Bush will ignore King Abdullah's plea is he doesn’t listen to moderates. The President’s Secretary of Faith, Rev. Pat Robertson visited the region to pray with a leader in the conflict. Pat walked right past the Christian leader of Lebanon to join hands with Jewish Israeli P.M. Ehud Olmert. Together they prayed for victory. Later Pat groveled for re-inclusion in the Christian theme development next to the Sea of Galilee. It doesn’t do to have Katyusha rockets raining down where manna should be falling.
One might think King Abdullah and Saudi Foreign Minister al-Faisal would be used to President Bush ignoring their advice. It must gall them to meet with George knowing their predictions came through every time. Bush is 0 for 3 on the Saudi minister's advice. Do they call George the strike out King?