Those folks who know me, understand I'm not a "johnny-come-lately" when it comes to Bush-bashing. Nor do I "bash" because of sheer hatred for the guy, like Liberals do. For a long time now, I've seen attributes in G.W. that bother me. I see them in his brother Jeb, and I saw them in Bush senior. Such men gather around them, men like themselves, so it's no surprise when much ado was made about the appointment of Iraq Muddy Group Co-Chair, James Baker.
"After the invasion of Kuwait, Mr. Baker, intent on securing Arab support for military action against Saddam, traveled to Syria in an effort to woo Mr. Assad, who demanded a free hand to act against Lebanese Christians. One month later, Syrian forces invaded Christian areas of Lebanon, massacred hundreds of Lebanese and consolidated their control over the country. It is no exaggeration to say that many of the problems Lebanon faces today -- with a weakened Christian minority and moderate Muslims up against powerful Islamofascist forces -- are traceable to Mr. Baker's green light to Mr. Assad. "