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May 21, 2007

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C'mon, hil... don't you know George W. Bush is "The Permissioner?"

I see folks going ballistic on this, but wouldn't it be good to recall that the exact wording is that of a journalist?

I see that the phrase has been scrubbed from Hilzoy's link, and the story now leads with our ambassador's ridiculous statement that America's done nothing to pressure Israel.

do we think the Middle East just doesn't have enough conflict these days, so that we need to protect the few tiny remaining bits of hatred and instability?

Apparently 'we' (the current regime) do think so. And not only preserve the hatred and instability, but fan the flames.

The comment is still there, but it is well down in the story. I don't know where it was previously, or if it has been moved at all, but you do have to keep reading to get to it.

Whether it's phrased as 'permission' or 'acquiescence' or 'banana,' it's what you think is right. Is that correct? And you're slamming Bush for the policy he seems to have just changed.

Look, Bush is totally hopeless. But just be consistent. If you think Israel talking to Syria is a good thing, and now the administration is supporting that too, then this news would be a *good* thing.

"I see that the phrase has been scrubbed from Hilzoy's link, and the story now leads with our ambassador's ridiculous statement that America's done nothing to pressure Israel."

The second part is correct. On the first, the version I just accessed says "Last update - 20:23 21/05/2007" and includes:

[...] Washington has given Israel the green light to accept Syrian President Bashar Assad's call for peace talks, in a change of position accompanied by several preconditions.

The Bush administration has given Israel permission to discuss the future of the Golan Heights, security arrangements and Israeli-Syrian peace accords if it agrees to talks with Syria.

However, Washington has stipulated that Israel must not agree to any negotiations, even indirectly, on the United States' position, or on the future of Lebanon.

Furthermore, Israel must not make promises to Syria regarding U.S. policy. According to the new position, Washington will deal directly with Syria on these matters.

I wonder what Israelis are saying about this...

I didn't see the "permission" part when I looked; it may've been scrubbed and then reinstated, but it's more likely that I just missed it.

At any rate, I have enough to enrage me from this administration, without seizing on a *reporter's* characterization of a communication.

However, Washington has stipulated that Israel must not agree to any negotiations, even indirectly, on the United States' position, or on the future of Lebanon.

Furthermore, Israel must not make promises to Syria regarding U.S. policy. According to the new position, Washington will deal directly with Syria on these matters.

Actually, this sounds like the Bush administration is declaring an admirable show of independence. They say they will not let israel dictate the terms of a US agreement with syria.

Bully for them!

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