Bush's trip to
The Arab-Israeli peace process is no one's idea of an easy fix, but it's failing now, in part, because of American weakness. The
The most important of the tough issues Bush's successor will inherit in the region is the confrontation with
And with the
Americans tend to think of the presidency as all-powerful, but much of its authority comes from the ability to convince the public to follow, and the same is sometimes true in diplomacy. The time when George W. Bush could perform that trick has long passed.
But if Americans are adjusting to the idea of a weak Bush, an even tougher mental leap awaits them once he leaves office: accepting that the