Sunday, June 24, 2007

Better Rush Blair

President Bush needs to continue his arm twisting of Tony Blair to take over Middle East peace efforts as U.S. Secretary of State Condi Rice keeps finding cold shoulders. A quick review of Israeli newspapers shed new light on the recent Bush visit with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Sec. Rice lobbied for Israel to agree in principle with Palestinian leader Abbas on a "shelf agreement" for peace. The U.S. diplomat argued the Palestinian people need hope that only a promise could provide. Olmert not only ignored her plea, he actively disagreed with her position according to Haaretz.

The disagreement between Rice and Olmert was evident at the White House lunch meeting given by President George W. Bush for Olmert and senior U.S. and Israeli aides.

This must have brought back bad memories for Condi. Just months ago she was ignored by Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia as they brokered the now defunct Palestinian Unity government.

President Bush needs to ask why Condi wanders around ignored by the rest of the world? Is the promise of a "shelf agreement" no better than FEMA's 2005 plans for Hurricane rescue and recovery? The first 5 days post Katrina that's exactly where hospital patients in dead facilities sat, on the shelf...

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