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If at first you don’t succeed, fail again

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July 19, 2007

With his lies-based Iraq war a failure and his Presidency in tatters, an unbowed George W. Bush is launching a futile effort to broker a Mid-East peace.

Like all his efforts, the attempt is doomed from the start.

Bush’s push for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian peace is seen by both friends and foes as little more than posturing by a President who is grasping at straws to leave some legacy from a failed two terms.

It won’t work. It can’t work. Everybody except Bush seems to know so.

Reports AFP:

Weakened by rising public opposition to the war in Iraq, Washington this week multiplied its efforts to make an impact in the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

But analysts said despite US President George W. Bush’s call for a fresh peace push, his move risked being viewed as pure posturing because his administration has signaled no change in its oft-criticized Middle East policy.

Shortly after Bush announced plans for an international Middle East peace conference to be chaired by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice later this year, his spokesman scrambled to downplay expectations.

The talks were announced just days before Thursday’s meeting in Lisbon of the quartet of Middle East powers — United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations — and Europe and Saudi Arabia urged participants to produce solid results.

Both Washington and Europe believe fresh peace talks are the best means to weaken the Islamist movement Hamas, which has seized control of the Gaza Strip, and strengthen moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and his newly named prime minister Salam Fayyad.

France said its support for the peace bid depends on the inclusion of the final status of the Palestinian territories in the talks’ agenda.

“This kind of conference will only bear fruit if, between now and the talks, confidence is fully reestablished between the parties,” French foreign ministry spokesman Pascale Andreani said.

Andreani also urged Israel to make “strong gestures” and called on “all Palestinians” to “renounce violence.”

Saudi Arabia, which has authored an Arab peace plan that calls for normal relations in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands occupied in 1967, said the meeting should not shy away from the key issues.

“Saudi Arabia hopes this will come within the framework of a serious international endeavor that tackles the core issues of the conflict,” leading to the dismantling of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, a government spokesman said.

White House spokesman Tony Snow on Tuesday insisted it would not be a “conference” but a “meeting,” adding: “I think a lot of people are inclined to try to treat this as a big peace conference. It’s not.”

Rather, Snow described it as a chance “to sit down and try to find ways of building fundamental and critical institutions for the Palestinians that are going to enable them to have self-government and democracy.”

However, Dennis Ross, who served as US Middle East envoy under former president Bill Clinton, said the talks risked being purely “symbolic.”

“Palestinians are not looking for symbols now. They know the difference between symbols and reality. Let’s hope the Bush administration does as well,” Ross wrote in the New Republic this week.

“Results on the ground and real hopes will help (Abbas’s) Fatah … Rice would do well to keep this in mind,” said Ross.

“A credible negotiating process is one thing; a symbolic event like an international conference where only hard-line speeches are given that highlight how little prospect of agreement there is, and where there is no practical follow-up, is another.”

Critics accused Bush, who has 18 months left in his presidency, of trying to cobble together a hasty effort for peace that would not include foes such as Hamas, Iran and Syria.

“Bush’s latest foray into the thicket of Middle East politics leaves him trying to salvage some sort of legacy in the region as time runs short on his presidency,” Peter Baker and Robin Wright reported in The Washington Post on Monday.

The New York Times said Tuesday the announcement “signals another pivotal shift for an administration that is desperately seeking some kind of foreign policy victory in the volatile Middle East that would draw attention away from the war in Iraq.”

Meanwhile, administration officials who refuse to recognize any link between the situation in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also expressed the will to hold fresh talks with arch-foe Iran about Iraq.

However, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack stressed that “Iran’s continued behavior … is leading to further instability in Iraq,” and said any new talks “would not be a negotiation.”

19 Responses to If at first you don’t succeed, fail again

  1. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    July 20, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Yeah, Bush Baby is very frayed looking from his mess.

    I already ranted on the CHB feature ‘Once again, Dems grandstand and fail’, I’m too tired to rant, but good to hear your rants Carl, Gene, Kent, Sandra.
    You all rock!

    I’m going to settle down, have my A&W Vodka Root Beer Mix
    (Shaken -Not Stirred)

    Yeah! Dick Cheney is Blofeld, and we all know what happens to Blofeld’s operatives [in Thunderball] when they [censored] up.

    Of course it would be cooler if it was like ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ where Stromberg does away with one of his operatives by an elevator which has a floor that drops out and the un-lucky victim falls in a shark tank.

  2. Electric Bill

    July 20, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Just another in a long pattern of failure. The chimp has failed in every endeavor he has attempted, but this time it has become obvious the Old Man and Bar can’t pick his sorry ass up and clean up the mess.

  3. Bill Jonke

    July 20, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Quite frankly, if I were George H. W. Bush, as a father, I’d have to intervene right about now, whether Georgie liked it or not. W needs one of those “straighten up and fly right” lectures that he obviously didn’t get as a teenager.

  4. gene

    July 19, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Well its a real privilege to be the first to comment on the above “face of evil” but I shant say much. I will again be lazy today and allow individuals (talented people) such as Seal, Carl Nemo, Sandra Price (I love you, its was one of your excellent rants from yesterday) and others (rape) this sub-human creature who escaped from hell itself but (IS) going back eventually.

    I wonder though which would be worse, McCain as president in his current delusional state or the above “commander an idiot”. Oh well, who cares but we are still faced with this monster, murderer, lier, looser, mentally challenged creep.

  5. LurkingFromTheLeft

    July 19, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Glad to see this topic

    …come up for discussion here –

    …I thought the same thing when I heard this earlier in the week –

    …sure why NOT phuck up more of the world? –

    …good thing Jupiter and Saturn are peacefully coexisiting OR he’d want to straighten their asses as well –

    LFTL

  6. gene

    July 19, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Now (LFTL) just how in the hell do you know that “Jupiter and Saturn are peacefully coesisting”…how much wine are you drinking friend?…just might have to give you a lecture, of course then I guess you could lecture me about my “very precious” bottle of ATIVAN!!!!

    You know when God made the heavens and the earth I’m pretty sure (ativan) was in their somewhere, you think?

  7. Jenifer D.

    July 19, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Umm…Okay. The chimp lost this war before it began. Invading Iraq makes about as much sense for 9-11 as invading Mexico was for Pearl Harbor.

    Just because you’re well-connected does not, by any means, qualify you to run a country, state, city, or town. I guess the white-collar types think they’re the monarchy. Well, until they find themselves trapped in their homes by an angry mob who wants change….NOW. The all-nighter to withdraw our troops from Iraq this week was futile. No surprise.

  8. Sandra Price

    July 19, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Thank you Gene. I began the warnings in 1999 about fearing Governor Bush of Texas. Every word found in his campaign was obviously from somebody else’s pen. I became one of the most hated people on the internet for trying to warn people that this man was not has he tried to sell himself. From the day he landed in the White House, I wrote “warnings” to keep an eye on him as he was unfamiliar with the Constitution and would work only for a Christian Nation. Nobody listened!

    The morning of 9/11 I watched that second plane hit the tower and saw Bush’s face as clear as daylight on my television screen. It hit me like a bolt of lightening and I knew he had something to do with it.

    I’m no psychic and have zero spirituality in my soul but I will never get over that vision.

    There is nothing Bush can do to convince me he has any innocence in his presence on this earth. His motives are hidden and can only be for the destruction of America.

    If there is anything more he can do to degrade America in the eyes of the world, he will do it.

  9. vietnam vet

    July 19, 2007 at 10:49 am

    vietnam vet
    Sandra, I agree with Gene, you are one of the best on CHB, I also agree with what you said about Bush, his hands are not clean in 9/11, and I will always believe that.
    Keep speaking out, it is needed.

    peace and Love
    Jesse

  10. bryan mcclellan

    July 19, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Rumblin,stumblin,bumblin,down the dusty trail. I hear in the distance condi doing her Rap version of Happy Trails to You, while Smirk and company gleefully plot their next series of usurpations.Jews beware,you’re next on the menu. The two authors from the W.P. call it a foray into the thicket of Mid East politics,PULEEEEEEEEZE. The world can see clearly that smirk fell off his high horse and with one foot stuck in a stirrup is being dragged through the brier patch of his own ineptitude.Now he freely admits to taking marching orders from the Saudis.When did we elect them to direct policy? A meeting that is not a conference,where we won’t negotiate,thereby avoiding symbolism.Snow balls you’ve got to be joking. Are the liquor stores open yet?

  11. gene

    July 19, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Very nice comment (bryan) and yes the liquor stores are open. Would you mind picking something up for me, its called (I think) “everclear”..all I know is that its (190) proof…probably something they put in rocket fuel, mabe?

  12. kent shaw

    July 19, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Too little too late. Had Chimpy tried a genuine diplomatic effort with Israel, Palestine and Iran six years ago we’d be a trillion dollars and a million lives ahead of where we are now, not to mention much less hated worldwide. But NO!! The neocon chickenhawks knew better. Disgusting. Beneath contempt.

  13. LurkingFromTheLeft

    July 19, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Notice I didn’t say…

    …Mars and Venus –

    …as for wine, not yet – I’m at work –

    …but tonight, the cork will be pulled on something –

    …hope you have an easy off lid for your bottle –

    …btw, thank dog and praise cheeses for the help they’ve given us to make it –

    LFTL

  14. kanawah

    July 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    May the voting public remember those that voted against cloture in the next election, and “reward” them appropriately.

    To diverge slightly, as has been the MIS-administrations practice, things are going badly, so they pull the fear-mongering card again.

    The worst possibility is that they will do a “false flag attack” on our nation to prod the voters to keep them in power.

  15. gene

    July 19, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    (kanawah) you said above “The worst possibility is that they will do a ‘false flag attack’ on our nation to prod the voters to keep them in power.”

    If this criminal rape of the constitution continues its almost guaranteed they (these thugs in power) will definitely pull a “false flag attack”, possibly nuking one of our cities. Do I smell instant (Martial Law).

  16. bryan mcclellan

    July 19, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Gene, I would most certainly try ever clear before the poisonous W.H kool-aid .I pray it’s a killer hangover(hanging)that these fools are subjected to when they awaken from their drunken binge and raping of our country…

  17. Carl Nemo

    July 19, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    The photo supplied with this article shows a very stressed, pinched-looking George Bush. Rest assured folks he doesn’t look pinched because his failures are linked to “we the people”. He looks pinched and somewhat fearful because he’s failed his deepwater, planetary controlling “Great Whites” that make he and “Poppy” seem as nothing in the order of things, but simply chum!

    If Bushco screws-up on implementing the controllers’ mandated NWO agenda, the Bush family might just get a two-thumbs down from the planets shadowy puppeteers; i.e, Dr. No the head of SPECTRE…! James Bond won’t be able to save their butts either… :)) I assure readers, there is a plan, and Bushco best not fail them…!

    Nemo **==

  18. gene

    July 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    You hit the “bullseye” on that one carl. I suspect Bush’s evil masters are not happy with him and are about ready to skin him alive at the alter of the NWO. Bush will soon get his just rewards either on this side of eternity or on the other side, either way he’s probably starting to worry more frequently, mabe?

  19. Jenifer D.

    July 20, 2007 at 1:00 am

    I often wonder……….
    How many prescription meds is Bush on? He always looks so out of it when he makes public appearances anymore. We all know his speeches are scripted; I also wonder if his speech writers are told to give him statements to read that are purposely badly written so his ‘masters’ can have a good laugh at his expense.

    This is gettin’ mighty ugly.