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Hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives too late...

Look what our dipshit president finally figured out.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Wednesday told CNN he would personally "facilitate" peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, saying the formation of a democratic Palestinian state was the best way to end Mideast violence.
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President Bush says he would "facilitate" negotiations but not travel to the Middle East.

"A democracy on Israel's border is important for Israel's security and that very democracy is important for the Palestinians to have a hopeful life," Bush said. "It is also important for the broader Middle East."

Bush's comments come a day after a summit at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in which Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed on a framework for future peace talks. The sides set the end of 2008 as a goal for completing a peace treaty.

Bush made the comments during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer's complete interview will be broadcast during CNN's "Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET. Video Watch Blitzer's one-on-one with Bush »

The framework for negotiations was agreed to by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Abbas is currently in bitter power struggle with Hamas for control of Palestinian territory. Hamas, which currently controls Gaza, opposed negotiations and supports continued armed resistance against Israel.

Bush said a negotiated peace would give the Palestinian people a clear choice between Hamas, which the United States has labeled a terrorist organization, and Abbas's government.

When asked whether the peace process can overcome opposition from Hamas, Bush said "the best way to defeat those terrorists and radicals ... is through a vision based upon liberty."

"Ultimately, if this can be done, if the state can be laid out -- what the state should look like -- then it gives people like President Abbas the chance to go to the Palestinians and say, 'You can have their vision of violence or this vision of peace, take your pick.' "

Saying "We can't dictate the results," Bush said it "is not realistic" to think that the United States can impose its vision on the Middle East.

"It's got to be a Palestinian vision and an Israeli vision where they find common ground," Bush said.

When asked by Blitzer what he would do to advance the negotiations, Bush said "it depends on the circumstances." But, he added, a personal visit to the region would not further the peace process.

"Going to a region is not going to unstick negotiations," Bush said.

Speaking Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden, Bush called Tuesday's conference "a hopeful beginning." But he emphasized that the days following the summit will be key to establishing a lasting agreement.

"No matter how important yesterday was, it's not nearly as important as tomorrow and the days beyond," Bush said with Abbas and Olmert by his side.

"I appreciate the commitment of these leaders to working hard to achieve peace," Bush said. "I wouldn't be standing here if I didn't think peace was possible."

On Wednesday, negotiators for both sides said they were optimistic that an agreement could be reached.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the two sides can "absolutely" fashion a peace deal by the end of next year.

However, he said, the deal must come in the form of a package that resolves at least six points: Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel, Jerusalem as the shared capital of a future Palestinian state, settling on borders, security and water supply.

Israel will add the condition that the conflict must end, Erakat said.
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Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev concurred with Erakat that the deal must come in package form. But he refrained from discussing specifics, saying only that Israel is willing to discuss all "sensitive and problematic issues."

He added, though, that there "are different ideas out there."

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Bush: U.S. cannot impose vision on Mideast

Yep, and now the rest of the world has good vision where we should be

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Amazing how these epiphanies start springing to mind as his lame duck status, historical record and legacy all three converge. Sort of like getting your report card and knowing it has 4 Fs and a D and trying to make it a D+ before taking it home to papa.

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Wow, that analogy is absolutely spot-on!
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Amazing how these epiphanies start springing to mind as his lame duck status, historical record and legacy all three converge. Sort of like getting your report card and knowing it has 4 Fs and a D and trying to make it a D+ before taking it home to papa.

As long as you use the same colored ink, it should work, whats the problem.......
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As long as you use the same colored ink, it should work, whats the problem.......
I understand there are openings at the White House. Simply cut and paste the above and you will be a shoe-in.

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