Dennis Ross, a senior U.S. negotiator through most of this peacemaking period, is skeptical that much will emerge from the Annapolis talks.And by the way, I'm trying to avoid discussing the whole Israeli-Palestinian thing because that's the subject of a long post all by itself; as I've said before, you'll have to work really hard for me to feel sympathetic to the Palestinians, but on the other hand, this is the most Israel-sympathetic presidential administration I've ever seen, and they have a lot to answer for as far as I'm concerned.
Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ross doubted Bush would follow Carter and Clinton's precedent for direct involvement in the talks. "This president will never be like Clinton. He will never know the issues. He will not throw himself into it."
Also, it looks like another Bush ally has taken a tumble here (I don't understand how DemFromCT can say that this isn't at least partly a referendum on Iraq, though - sorry you lost, John, even though "the surge" has "been more successful than many of its critics wanted it to be or believe it would be," as you said here).
At least, Condi, if the peace talks don't go well, you can always buy a new pair of shoes.