Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations

A liberal media would be a truth based media, Bush Pledges `Personal’ Role on Eve of Mideast Talks

Bush will tell summit leaders later today that the “time is right” for a Middle East peace agreement leading to an independent democratic Palestinian state.

“The time is right because Palestinians and Israelis have leaders who are determined to achieve peace,” Bush will say, according to excerpts of the speech.

While Time reported, Bush, the Born-Again Peacemaker 

Condoleezza Rice summoned a small group of reporters to her State Department conference room last Wednesday to explain why President Bush, seven years after his election, is convening Middle Eastern leaders in Annapolis Tuesday for a final attempt at the creation of a Palestinian state and a declaration of peace between it and Israel.
( Time did point out one of the more brazen ironies of Bush’s efforts in diplomacy and something of a victory, his negotiations with North Korea. Those negotiations were successful due to a Clinton negotiator, Chris Hill).

But no , Bush pulls a Fred Thompson as Dubya just doesn’t feel like doing the actual work involved in ironing out the painstaking details involved in such negotiations, Bush to open Mideast conference, but won’t stay for discussion

President Bush, who’s largely ignored the risky business of Middle East peacemaking throughout his nearly seven years in office, will take center stage Tuesday at the international peace conference he’s hosting in Annapolis, Md.

He won’t remain there for long, however. Bush plans to head back to the White House after delivering his opening speech to the diplomats and dignitaries at the U.S. Naval Academy, and while surprises are always possible, White House aides said he wasn’t planning to offer new American proposals to resolve the conflict.

Nor is Bush expected to jump into extended post-Annapolis negotiations or head off to the Middle East to pursue peace in the waning days of his tenure.

Speaking of Time, if their managing editor went to a recent graduation class of journalism majors, closed their eyes and pointed, they could find a better reporter then Joe Klein, “I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who’s right.” Its either take the time and do the research or stay out of the fray and if the journalists isn’t wise enough to figure that out on their own, that is what good editors are for. So Joe’s editor is apparently MIA.

While we all hope that the level of violence in Iraq declines, but without real political progress there will continue to be shifting alliances and some level of ethnic cleansing, Killer militias strut across Iraq. Bush propped up the Shia majority government aligned with Iran. Shia did as much ethnic cleansing of Sunni in Baghdad as they could. We get the surge were Bush and Petraeus back the Sunnis in Anbar who do help drive out al-Queada, but hang on to fundamentalist beliefs, cleanse the area of Shia and intimidate more moderate Sunnis. The Konservative blogs have been down in the basement typing victory over and over again, another Mission Accomplished and complaining that the media hasn’t given their dear leader enough credit. In a warped kind of way they’re right.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and evidence” ~ John Adams