Pathetic. It only took one day to show the rudderless, unambitious nothingness that has become a hallmark of the Bush administration.
The White House moved to douse expectations. “I think a lot of people are inclined to try to treat this as a big peace conference. It’s not,” Tony Snow, the White House’s press secretary, told reporters.
The classic lowering of expectations, though faster than usual but when the shoe fits…
Even so, it remains unclear how deeply Mr Bush will commit to peacemaking. He has left the details of preparing for the conference to the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.
Ms Rice will also chair the summit, which state department officials say could be held in the United States.
“It’s not a very clear road map for what this conference is supposed to accomplish,” said Ed Walker, a former US ambassador to Egypt and Israel.
“There is a deep reluctance to get into the weeds. You have got to have follow-up of a very serious kind, where the presidency is engaged.”
This has to be a record for the fastest collapse by Bush. And to think this is the guy the GOP is standing by every chance they can.