WHY WAIT FOR ACTUAL RESULTS?….Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations. In the LA Times today, hawk’s hawk Zev Chafets writes that today’s Annapolis peace conference is a resounding vote of confidence in George Bush:

This is Bush’s bash. His name is on the invitation. The party is at his place. The guests are strictly A-list. Every country that matters, and a lot that don’t, will be represented. The European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League will be there too. They are all coming for the same reason: They have been summoned by the one man in the world to whom no one wants to say no.

It turns out that Bush, far from wrecking America’s prestige and influence, has compounded it….Despite the assurances of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. has not been humiliated in Mesopotamia. On the contrary, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the subsequent determination of the American occupation have concentrated the minds of the (ever fewer) anti-American Arab despots.

Did you get that? Bush has compounded American prestige and influence, and the evidence is the mere fact that people are willing to show up at Annapolis. The last time I saw someone set a bar that low I was surrounded by a crowd of tipsy revelers while Chubby Checker blared “Limbo Rock” in the background.

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