Rice's Mission to the Mideast

[Arab News-Saudi Arabia] Editorial - The upcoming visit by Condoleezza Rice to the Middle East starts on Nov. 5, just a day after the U.S. election that decides the successor to George Bush - one year after Bush hosted talks in Annapolis between Israel and the Palestinians in an effort to revive the peace process. Bush's Middle East file was filled almost entirely with Afghanistan, after which came Iraq and most recently Iran. Palestinians never really figured and when they did they were an afterthought. Rice's visit is too late, in fact so late that when she starts it, Bush will be in theory, if not in practice, out of office. So what is a soon-to-leave state secretary in an out-of-work administration doing in the Middle East right now?

2008-11-03 01:00:00

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