Strange Peace

Why Bush's Middle East mission included arms deals and tough talk

The presidential candidates all talk about the need for change as if George W. Bush were a flat tire or a dirty diaper, but his Middle East trip last week was a reminder that he's still the Commander in Chief, that the lame duck has one more year to quack.

Bush clung to his ambitious vision of peace and democracy in the Persian Gulf while assuaging the House of Saud with a $20 billion arms deal. He reaffirmed his devotion to the Iraq war and sent Condoleezza Rice on another "unannounced visit" to Baghdad—as if she could make any other kind....

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