Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Rice under pressure to strike Mideast peace deal

Expect nothing from the Rice trip. This is all about looking like one is doing something. Serious senators, like Chuck Hagel, are pressing State to launch an initiative, but there is no appetite or decision for serious engagement.
FT.com / Home UK / UK - Rice under pressure to strike Mideast peace deal: "Ms Rice's regional tour, which started in Saudi Arabia yesterday, is partly intended to shore up moderate Arab allies while dealing with the shared perception of the extremist threat from Iran, Lebanon's Hizbollah and Iraq's sectarian chaos.
But because of severe ideological differences within the Bush administration, Ms Rice is not expected to unveil big initiatives."

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