Ain't this cute: GWBush, who refuses to negotiate with either terrorists or any opposition states for that matter (see: North Korea; Iran) finally organizes a Middle East peace conference:
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.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president's speech would include "a little more detail." But when she was asked to describe his message, she replied: "I would describe it as 'encourage.' "
So I guess his time as a lame duck president is much more valuable than wasting time trying to bring some equanimity and peace to the world's most troubled area.
Cause Presidentin's such, you know, hard work.