In a blistering editorial, the Lebanon Daily Star, was critical of President Bush’s Middle Eastern policies and argued it was no wonder even President Assad of Syria had logic in doubting the veracity of Bush’s pleas for peace. The editorial noted Bush had an anti-Midas touch in the Middle East since everything he touched turned into disaster. His track record, “across the board has been rather dismal.”
Part of the problem in Middle Eastern diplomacy is the imposition by the United States upon the region of its interpretation as to who has the right to speak for Palestine. In 2002, Bush urged democratic elections, they were held, and Hamas won. Then, Bush announced he rejected them as the government of Palestine. How about America allowing people living in other nations to determine who represents their interests. Heck, they allow Bush to speak for America even though he lost the election of 2000.