The NYTimes says this morning that Bush is weighing a trip to the mideast. I would be very surprised if this came to pass. It seems to me that Bush is unlikely to intervene in such a drammatic way without reasonable chances of success, and even Bush can see that the chances of success are not good now. Add to that the fact that Bush’s personal intervention is much less likely to be effective since he’s such a moron. And the fact that his plan seems to require to the Palestinians to risk civil war enforcing the occupation with no plausible prospects of anything in return . . .
One thing that seems striking about the Bush admin in the last few weeks is that they seem genuinely surprised by the wave of suicide bombings as talks between the PA and Sharon neared. Now, they can’t have been that surprised – given recent history it seemed all but inevitable. But now they don’t seem to know what to do.