Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in New York last weekend and discussed issues relating to attempts by Israel and Syria to resolve their conflict. Rice naturally attacked Syrian efforts to aid terrorists, but both sides agreed there was need to continue the dialogue. The Syrian diplomat let it be known to the media his nation looks forward to the upcoming American election because there is hope a new president would focus more intently on acting as a mediator in the Middle East. Syrian leaders do not believe Iran will play a negative role in efforts being made to deal with Middle Eastern issues.
There is no doubt Bush has lost all his power in the Middle East and has become a bystander rather than an active role in solving anything. He is irrelevant and the world simply will have to wait until January before any serious negotiations can begin in the Middle East.