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January 11th, 2008
04:46 PM ET

Mideast peace deal a reality?

 Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert & Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert & Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush is predicting a Middle East peace deal by the end of this year.

The president has been in the region this week, meeting with both Palestinians and Israelis. He's calling for an end to what he says is Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian lands that began in 1967. Mr. Bush says the deal must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people. However, he's also asking Palestinians to confront terrorists, and urging Arab states to "reach out to Israel."

The president took that message to Kuwait today, where the administration said not to expect a "blinding flash" of Arab cooperation for the restarted peace talks. Yet they insist the process is moving forward.

Critics suggest that Mr. Bush's trip is more talk than action. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas still hasn't been able to stop militants in Gaza from firing rockets into Israel. And, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is reluctant to confront Jewish settlers. Both sides agreed to getting these things done before starting peace talks... but they haven't happened yet.

Meanwhile, President Bush says he will return to Israel again in May.

Here’s my question to you: President Bush predicts a Middle East peace agreement by the end of the year. Will it happen?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Joe writes:
Peace in the Middle East is not within George Bush's grasp. It has eluded far more capable American and world leaders for almost sixty years.

Karen writes:
Bush, yet again, is off in la-la land! He will make sure there is no peace in the Mideast as evidenced by his ongoing saber rattling with Iran. How can he expect ancient enemies to resolve their issues while he discusses war with their neighbor? This man has no business traveling abroad...it's embarrassing.

Brian from Delray Beach, Florida writes:
Of course it will happen. The real question is: will it work and last? The last few decades of U.S.-brokered deals would point to no. We can’t fix it and we shouldn’t even be trying. Israel doesn’t meddle with our border disputes with Mexico... let’s show them the same respect.

Jay writes:
President Bush is a classic narcissistic personality disorder. He believes that anything that he wishes to happen will in fact happen. He thinks that anything he wants to do is legal and doable. The tragedy is that some very evil people have let him and helped him. He really needs an intervention... like an impeachment, to stop him.

R. writes:
Finally Bush is doing something right! Hopefully he is sincere about it.

John writes:
The president also predicted the war would only cost $60 billion and that we would be greeted as liberators. I'm not sure the Middle East can take many more of his predictions and meddling.


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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Mary Steele

    LOL!!

    What does he know? He is so ignorant and arrogant to think that they care about his opinion, after the mess he created in Iraq. He has zero credibility with most countries and with the majority of Americans. Too bad they didn't see him for what he is, before they re-elected him.

    When is he going to step up and demand results from the Iraqi "government" that is draining us dry financially, and at the higher cost of our soldiers' lives?

    January 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  2. Terry

    Jack
    Better men than George Bush have attempted to broker a peace agreement in the middle east and it has not happened. I dont see a peace agreement in our near future.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Craig

    About as likely as. . . WMD's, flowers in the street, a coalition of the willing, them standing up as we stand down, you get it.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  4. Aillyn Kulick

    It's not the first time Bush has promised something and it never happened. And even if it does, it took him seven years to finally realize that the American public wanted PEACE not WAR? No one wanted to go to war in the first place, yet he bombs away, everyone wanted to withdraw, he didn't listen. Now finally seven years later he's "thinking" of a peace agreement? This is so typical of Bush. This is why we need a change and Barack Obama can give that to us.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Scott

    What USA treasure is the President going to give away to make that happen or who is he going to bomb???

    January 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  6. Scott

    didn't he predict Wmds, look out he could be psychic
    Scott Missouri.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Ginger

    No, it has not happened in thousands of years and I think he is just "wagging the dog" to distract from the massive outpouring of Americans showing up to get him and his war and greed cronies out of our White House.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  8. Alex

    I think that it can happen, but only if we continually pressure them to do so. The last thing that the President wants to do is have another military presence in Israel coercing the Israeli government to get this peace deal done. It is good to see that the President believes in some form of diplomacy. The President is currently viewed by Israel and Palestine as a man of peace, and the President should use that to his advantage. The best course of action would probably be getting another country with influence on the region into the negotiation process, and that would be our good friend the Queen. I think that Gordon Brown should help the President in this process, and then we will have 2 world leaders working for peace. One thing is for sure, that this process has stayed true to the republican slogan "Peace through Strength"

    January 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  9. Allen L Wenger

    President Bush knows he does't have enough time to get a Palestinian homeland agreement done before he leaves office. He doesn't even want one, or he would have done something in the first 7 years of his administration. This is just lip service to try to convince people that he really is a compassionate conservative and not the arrogant, noncaring politician we have seen for so long.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  10. Adam

    There will not be a Middle East peace agreement by the end of the year. President Bush, after first trying to establish his legacy on social security reform, then on bringing democracy to Iraq, is now hedging his presidency on the establishment of peace in the Middle East. However, no peace will come until a more sensible foreign economic foreign policy is adopted. What incentive is there to reach a peace agreement when both sides currently receive billions of dollars from the United States government to arm themselves? The only thing a peace agreement would accomplish would be to cut the flow of billions of dollars to the region, and that is something that neither side wants.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  11. James S. Lenon

    This is merely another of Bush's delusions. While he can bring ecomomic pressue to bear to force signing a treaty of sorts it will be anathema to both Israel and the already failed state of would-be Palestine.
    Bush's call for contiguous borders for the would be state indicates that he can't even read a simple map. He's desparate to leave a positive legacy but the history books aren't going to be sympathetic.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  12. Patricia

    Can there be peace between Palestine & Israel? Yes, it's possible. But, will Iran allow Israel to exsist in peace? Will the radical Muslims allow Israel to exsist in peace? I doubt it.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  13. j Nina Tyler, Maynard, Arkansas

    Jack, If it can be done by the endof this year, why hasnt, it been done if it is that easy?

    January 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  14. Ralph

    Jack, we can only support an atmosphere which encoourages peace negotiations, in particular making an effort to discourage terrorism in the Middle East and throughout the world.. However, the only parties which are entitled to negotiate and reach peace agreements are Israel, Palestine and other Arab neighbors. They, and not Bush will set the timetable for true peace in the area.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  15. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    Same as before, they'll come to an agreement, brag about how historic an event this is, and two weeks later, the agreement will be deemed null and void because one of the parties has violated the agreement.Been happening for 2000 years, like it's going to change now?

    January 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Ryan Farrar

    Ha! this will only occur if Bush has the proper puppets in place to do as he instructs. otherwise he will fail, just as every President has failed to do this ever since we installed the nation of Israel into the middle-east after world war 2.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  17. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    Let me put it this way. I do not think that your going to find Israel and Palestine on the most sought after vacation spots in the next 20 years. This battle has been going on for hundreds of years and is a culture that most outside of it can not understand or comprehend. President Bush is merely a pimple on the back side of the whole process and like most pimples he is not a desirable feature and certainly not wanted or needed. This is best left to those that it directly effects and America does not border Israel or Palestine on any front.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  18. suzie from Atlanta, GA

    I am Jewish, and LOVE Israel. I see Israel as the only real democracy in the Middle East, and our only true ally. Of course I want Israel to be safe and secure and at peace, or at least not at war, with it's neighbors.
    Having said that, I actually saw Bush and Abbas at their press conference. Bush was very strong and clear that the only way to get a state was to move forward, to end terrorism, stop clinging to the past, and to behave like a State. I am NOT a Bush fan, but Jack, he was great.
    And he was very clear with Olmert as well.
    As long as Abbas will not stand up for the millions of people who he represents who are not terrorists, and who suffer from the actions of Hamas, we will not have peace. Peace requires courage.
    And as long as Olmert refuses to stop and dismantle ALL the outpost settlements, which have no business being where they are to begin with, we will not have peace. Peace requires reality and respect for all.
    The idea of contiguous land and borders, in essence re-drawing the map entirely, is really difficult to understand. The how and where could literally cause a war. And I 'm not so sure the West Bank wants Gaza to have access to them.
    The question of Jerusalem is not going to change. Dividing Jerusalem will not happen, because the last time Jews lost control of that city, the sacred places were desecrated, and non Muslim Arabs, Christians and Jews had no access. I don't think Israel, or Jews, for that matter, or the Churches, trust that their sacred places will be safe, and they will be able to visit them safely.
    Will we have peace? I pray daily for peace, but I think this is a man made issue, and only man can make peace on earth.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  19. Hannah

    Sure we can achieve peace there. I mean, they've only been fighting for centuries. And we do have the most sucessful, respected president in US History. While he's at it, he should announce that we'll also end global warming, cure cancer, and begin colonies on Mars by the end of the year.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  20. Eric

    President Bush is simply continuing his childlike policy on the economy, Iraq WMDs, Katrina relief, torture, and so many other issues: "If I just repeat what I want enough, it might come true"

    January 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  21. raphael benincasa

    It will not happen because we are involved! If we let the Israelis and Palestinians decide about peace themselves, im quite sure they would have made peace already. Our intervention has caused massive "blowback" throughout the years. We need a non-interventionist foreign policy and we need to bring our troops home from all over the world NOW!!! Sounds like we need RON PAUL!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  22. Karl

    The Iraq War will be over centuries before there is a Middle East Peace Agreement.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  23. Greg from PA

    Abbas and Olmert will fall in love, marry and have a beautiful baby girl. Hey, that's just as likely as peace breaking out in the middle east during the remainder of Bush's term.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  24. Joe Tyrrell

    I hope so but seriousl doubt it. Bush has a record of unduly optomistic forcasts.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  25. Larry from MO.

    Jack,

    This is a fairy tale. This does not surprise anyone. The mindset is true to form, nothing thought out, just words that sound good with nothing to back them up. This disagreement has been going on since biblical times. If the end of the world comes before the next election, Bush will get his wish.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  26. Bizz

    This is the same guy that stood on an aircraft carrier and told everyone the war was over and we prevailed. I will use the saying that the president could never get right, in how I feel about his prediction. " Get me once, shame on you, get me twice shame on me".

    January 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  27. Jenny from New York

    No. I think we'll be invading Iran by the end of Bush's term. I think "peace" is secretly a four-letter word to Bush.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  28. Jenny from New York

    No. I think we'll be invading Iran by the end of Bush's term. I think "peace" is secretly a four-letter word to Bush. He never WAS good with words.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  29. john

    No, Bush is making promises that are not in the best interest of the United States. Specifically, the two-state solution is a non-starter. Jews in Israel have a right to live in harmony with others in Israel but they have no right nor are they entitled to a Jewish state. It’s not their land and never was. Second, Bush should be promoting dialogue with everything on the table, not the naïve assertion from Israel that all settlements are off the table. Frankly, Israel’s 1967 invasion and occupation of Palestinian land was no different than Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The US should make it clear to Israel (today) that it reserves the right to remove Israeli insurgents and settlers that occupy Palestinian lands should a middle-east agreement not be forthcoming. Lastly, Israel’s repeated withholding of funds from the Palestinian people is the equivalent of economic terrorism. In light of the repeated economic terrorism, as well as, reckless disregard for civilian casualties during recent conflicts, the US Congress should declare Israel a terrorist state and start enforcing United Nation Security Actions like everyone did with Iraq.

    I don’t doubt Bush likes rubbing his tummy and patting his head after he gives a speech, but someone really needs to sit him down and explain what is going on.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  30. Jason L

    Jack

    Mid-east peace is like saying the U.S. will be independent from foreign oil. Bush is way out of his league if he thinks that he can solve the mid-east woes. The turmoil has been going on for over 2000 years, and it will not change in 1 year. Bush should have been strong-arming the Israelis all along and stop supplying them with nuclear technology and billions of taxpayers dollars. Israel are the ones who don't want to live in peace, they are the aggressors by not living up to the Camp David accords. President Clinton tried for years while he was President to get a peace deal (and was VERY close, but Bush refused to let Bill finish the job as a special envoy), also when Rabin was assassinated that peace chance came to an end.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  31. Amnesty is Treason

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha

    thanks for the laugh of the day Jack!

    I look at his EYES on the new's and all i see is WWIII!

    we'll see iran get nuked before peace in the middle east!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  32. Devasish

    I think the president is clearly gone whacko. What great statesmen could not accomplish, he hopes to accomplish in One year? Let him first set his own house staright first. First Iraq and then the economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  33. edwin b

    Trust BUSH, you have got to be joking. What has he gotten right since he's been in office ??? ??? ??? I'm waiting.........

    January 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  34. Brett

    I honestly believe that there is a better chance of us finding Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  35. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The mess in the war between Israel and the Palestinians goes back to 1949. Every president since Truman has been predicting peace. As long as there are extremeists who want to kill each other,peace will never happen.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  36. Pat in New Jersey

    Has my opinion changed? With casualties in Iraq now at a pre surge level, one could argue that the surge is a succes. But to what means? We are still stuck in a quagmire and the Iraqi government has made no progress in the iterim. No one said that our troops would not succeed in tamping down violence, but that was not the intent of the surge. So ultimately, my opinion is the same. Until we redeploy our troops out of the crosshairs of this civil war and have the Iraqi government stand up, we will continue to lose precious American lives. This is unacceptable to the majority of Americans!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  37. douglas gengler

    we will be greeted as liberators, mission accomplished, bush couldn't tell you if it is gonna rain if he was standing in a thunderstorm.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  38. Lewis

    Thats a pipe dream. If Bush says it will be done by this point..... just add on 3 more years. Furthermore that entire region can do a 360 in no time at all lol. Maybe the media should go back to reporting what Bush isnt doing, seems to have more credibility.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  39. Bert D

    There is a big difference between a Middle East Peace Agreement and Middle East peace. There may be an agreement but there will be no peace.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  40. ken

    Jack; any thing is posible ,but i really doubt that King George has any credibility left in the eyes of the islamic people since he has spent the last 6 years causing them to be killed . The conflict between israel and the arab communities will end when both sides stop believing that they have god's favor in this matter. There can never be an end to conflict without tolerance to differing beliefs and the acceptance of the rights of others to be allowed to live free.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  41. Craig Stuart

    come on Jack. There hasn't been peace in the middle east since before Jesus Christ. Remember the last time we had a Texan as commander and chief he started Viet Nam. Mr. Bush is a war monger he invaded two countries with his bull stuff.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  42. Patsy

    Bush is trying to organize peace in the middle east? The dummy couldn't organize a 2 car parade.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  43. jim

    Does he think that by making a statement like that, it will make his presidency?
    IN HIS DREAMS!!!...

    January 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  44. Chase Hardin

    Jack, I honestly laughed out loud when I heard this. The idea that a few hollow promises of a brighter future will end more than 2000 years of vicious dog-fighting is laughable. I give a nod of approval to Bush for trying, but it will takes years of hard work to solve the problems that are entrenched in the mindset of the Middle East.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  45. Annie

    Jack,

    Seriously. This man still thinks he can tell us fairy tales and we'll believe him. Can you just imagine how the folks over there are laughing at us. Our very own war mongerer trying to spread peace in the middle east – what a joke. And have you noticed when he's not quite being sincere he has this look on his face like he smells something bad? He's had that look since he's been there.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  46. Tyler

    If President Bush actually believes that he can broker a peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians by the end of his time in office, he should trade in his trip back to the region in May for a psychiatric visit, or maybe enrollment into a simple high school history course. The United States has tried for decades to create a peace deal, with many better men endeavoring to do so, and if George W. Bush thinks that he is going to be the man to succeed, he is either ignorant or crazy, or as I suspect, both.

    The history behind this struggle and the current politics that will prevent this deal from occurring are both complicated and far too lengthy to discuss at length here. However, the simple answer is that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated yesterday that "there will be no peace unless terror is stopped," which, to say the least, is not likely to occur anytime in the near future in Hamas controlled Gaza, where Mr. Bush is far from beloved, and is often labeled as a war criminal. I ask you, "When was the last time you remember any group of people allowing a war criminal to broker a peace for them?" Seems like a bit of an paradox to me.

    Any finally, if Mr. Bush would be interested in learning a little bit about that complicated and lengthy history behind this situation, I would be more than happy to sit down with him and explain a thing or two. The sad thing is, I fear that as a 19-year-old political science and history major I might actually be able to teach him a thing or two ...

    Tyler N.
    New York

    January 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  47. John Kerr

    If Bush were really sincere in his effort to effect peace, he might have started when first elected. Who knows? We might not now have to keep jabbing the Israeli Bat up the Arib's a...

    January 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  48. Dickie

    I strongly believe..why because he will be gone from the conference table and God will shrine throgh on the good men still sitting there..just waite and see... by the way what about war crimes..eeeeeeeeeeh.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  49. John Cohn

    Bush's trip to Israel is intended to give Israel the "go ahead" to bomb Iran. We he anounced his trip I suspected the Israel was in for another cash windfall-30 Billion. There goes part of my house downpayment in the form of taxes to pay the 30 billion. As for those attacks on US shipa by Iran; how do we know Bush did not make them up like he did Iraq's WMDs. I would believe Pat Robertson talks directly to God before I'd believe anything from Bush's mouth. John in MAss.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  50. Harry Pandolfino

    Come on, Jack, this is the guy who stood under the 'Mission Accomplished' banner many years and thousands of lives ago. This President couldn't see a freight train coming. The entire thing is just another in a series of self-serving shams to periodically try to convince the world that anyone there really wants peace. I know I'll be at peace come January 21st 2009 when 'Dubya' is out of the White House.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  51. Barry Storr

    He also promise to capture Bin Larden, Leave no child behind, stop nation building...and, well you get the gist. This guy's got his head so far up in the cloud, I'm just waiting to hear him say he has recreated the walking on water that only one man has done to our knowledge.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  52. John Kerr

    Tthought of the day! Re: allegations of torture of the Iraqi
    prisoners.

    "If hooking up an Iraqi prisoner's balls to a car's battery cables will
    save one American GI's life, then I have just two things to say":
    "Red is positive"
    "Black is negative"

    January 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  53. Vance Christensen

    Why aren't McCain or Thompson being criticized for their anti-Muslim racist remarks about burkas and sending them to see their seventy two virgins, but Ron Paul has to come on your show and explain newsletters that he didn't write?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  54. Thomas Partin

    As long as we have a president who is so interested in making money for himself at the expense of other peoples suffering and misery, there is no way that we could ever even think about peace in the middle east.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  55. Karen Hunter

    Bush, yet again, is off in lala land! He will make sure there is NO peace in the mid-east as evidenced by his ongoing sabre rattling with Iran, how can he expect ancient enemies to resolve their issues while he discusses War with their neighbor. This man is seriously dumb as a rock and has NO business traveling abroad...it's embarassing.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  56. Ken KS

    Jack, Jimmy Carter had a bit of success in bringing Egypt and Israel, Bill Clinton had Israel give into 98% of Arafat's demands. Arafat decided 98% was unacceptable. Do you still think there will ever be peace in the Middle East? The Arab and Persian Muslims will have "peace" only when Israel no longer exists. This is a folly for Bush to think this will be his great legacy. Bush's legacy is manyfold: Tax Breaks for the rich, Sellout of the Middle Class, Failed assistance to Wall Street to grab the Social Security money, and cheap labor for Corporate America. Did I fail to mention the War in Iraq for WMD?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  57. Jevan

    Truly I think the peace agreement will be signed. A peace agreement is defined as an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism.

    I emphasis "abstain from further fighting" because I do believe this treaty will be signed within a year, but I dont think that this so called "peace" will truly be sustained.

    Thank You,

    Jevan H

    January 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  58. Jay

    Pres Bush is a classic Narcisistic Personality disorder. He believes that anything that he wishes to happen will in fact happen.
    He thinks that anything he wants to do is legal and do-able.
    The tragedy is that some very evil people have let him and helped him.
    He really needs an intervention... like an impeachment, to stop him.
    He will never realize that he personally has ordered the death of 160,000 Iraquis and 4,000 Americans.
    I'm sure that God will notice, though.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  59. Brian Davis, Delray Beach FL

    How many decades of US involvement do we have to see fail before we realize we dont understand the irrational of mid-east politics. Stop giving aid to ALL nations and let Israel defend itself, they more than have the means to. History has shown that if/when there is a CREDIBLE threat.... they will handle it. ex IRAQ during regan admin.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  60. Drew

    Honestly? F**k no.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  61. Ricardo

    A prediction by Bush is about as reliable as a prediction by Nostradamus.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  62. Rich , Fairview Texas

    No. How could it? Nothing has changed in hundreds of years. The hatred among Sects is so vast it can never be overcome. When one people feel they are superior to another they will never live in peace. The only thing that will bring the Palestinians and the Israelis together is a nuclear war and that is simply because then they will be forced to mesh together along with the sands that are left to mingle among them. Death knows no religion or faith or pride it only knows eternity. In eternity they will all rest together as one.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  63. Brian Davis, Delray Beach FL

    OF COURSE it will happen. The real question is... WILL IT WORK AND LAST? the last few decades of US brokered deals would point to no. We cant fix it and we shouldnt even be trying. Israel doesnt meddle with our border disputes with Mexico... lets show them the same respect.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  64. joe Boonin

    Peace in the middle east is not within George W's grasp. It has eluded far more capable US and world leaders for almost sixty years.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  65. Mary Jo Pane

    Nice he finally found out how to get Israel. Who is he kidding he is out to make some kind of legacy for himself. Hey Mr Bush why did you wait this long to try and broker this deal, may I say not in your life time as president.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  66. John

    The President also predicted the war would only cost $60 Billion and that we would be greeted as liberators. I'm not sure the middle east can take many more of his predictions and meddling.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  67. Azuka

    Jack, hell no. Middle east peace before Bush exit White House?....Beautiful nonsense...That is not gonna happen.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  68. Steve

    No, it won't happen. It's just another Bush delusion.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  69. THM

    Every President that I can recall since Jimmy Carter has tried to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians; none have succeeded so far and I doubt Mr. Bush will either. The Palestinians don't want peace with Israel, they want all of Israel.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  70. Bob

    Bush's trip is just another waste of tax payer money. He is the lamest of lame ducks...........

    January 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  71. teddy blankenship

    oh sure jack, everything that this moronic texan we call a president has predicted in the last 7 years has ALWAYS panned out! Iraq had WMD's, the oil would pay for the war, we would catch osama bin laden, and now there will be peace in the middle east! With an undeniable record like bush's how can anyone doubt this guy?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Matthew

    I'm a simple man Jack, so I'll give you a simple answer... no. Having said that, Bush gets an E for Effort.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  73. Jordan

    Even if there is a peace deal, the killing in the region will continue. It will continue until there is no one left standing in the middle east to slaughter eachother. It has been this way for all of recorded history and will never change until they ultimately destroy themselves.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  74. Richard Williams

    It will happen when hell freezes over.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  75. Dorian de Wind

    After almost seven years of neglect, Mr. Bush decides to cajole a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Better than anyone else, Bush should know that just like shock-and-awe a Democracy does not make, legacy salvaging grip-and-grin a Peace does not make.

    Dorian de Wind
    Austin, TX

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  76. Charlie

    Jack,
    Stranger things have happened in the universe, the real question is "How long would peace last in that region?" if it dose fall though.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  77. koolkat

    Ha if Bush thinks there is going to be peace in the middle east before he is out of office then he needs to lay off the booze.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  78. Chris McCarry

    Not a single person who has written to you Jack can predict with any accuracy what will happen with this conflict. The Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting for decades, do I think President Bush can fix it in 12 months? No, but I applaud him for actually trying to do something (that is, if he is actually TRYING).

    Thank You Jack,
    Chris

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Shannon

    Jack,

    I have been to Israel more than the President and I don't think I fully understand what each side wants. He suggested a return to pre-1967 borders which I don't think he knows, would include a full return of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. His claim of peace in one year along with his speech reiterates the fact that Bush has absolutely no idea what is going on in Israel. I think his tough rhetoric this week will have negative effects on both sides. I spoke to an Israeli about his visit and she said "i think that he doesn't really understand whats going on here.... but its nice that he came to visit"

    Shannon
    New York

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  80. Kyle from Connecticut

    Well we'd all like to see that happen, but the truth is Bush is just trying to go out on a good note. I don't see how that would avert our eyes from the rest of the pain that he has caused this country in the past seven years.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  81. Chems

    This is just a show Jack. The entire world knows that Bush has no leverage at all since he is leaving in few months. I think just like any other President, Bush is just concerned about his legacy.
    I think he is concerned about what the historians will write, he is trying to shape shape the history.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  82. Tom

    No Jack,I don't think so. I think Bush has been playing with the frilly egdes of his nightgown to long for that to happen

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  83. David, Tampa

    Jack

    I have a better chance of winning several billion dollars in the lottery than Bush, or anyone for that matter, has of getting any meaningful agreement between Isreal and the Palistinian government. Also, if a pact of anykind is signed my guess is within 24hrs Hamas and/or Hezzbolah will crank up rocket attacks to signify they didn't sign on to any treaty.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  84. Gerry

    It will be a great plan for peace if it ever gets signed, but the question should be who will see that it is carried out?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  85. Paul Iacoletti

    As I recall, Bush also predicted that there would be a speedy victory in Iraq. Bush cannot force peace between Palestine and Israel, they need to work it out themselfs, as does the rest of the middle east. Bush needs to stay out of it, we're just creating more turmoil.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  86. r hawkes

    I think Bush has created enough unrest in the mid east, Lets send him back to Crawford texas abd have him clean out his run down, left for tv stupid sheds

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  87. wally

    Jack, if Bush would start selling that stuff he's smoking about him pulling off an Israeli/Palestinian peace deal he'd make more money than the oil he's trying to steal from Iraq.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  88. Nick Las Vegas

    Short answer NO

    President Bush and the administration and its arrogance never cease to amaze me they were able to pull the wool over America's eyes but it won't work with the rest of the world especially the middle east. They must be laughing their A** off in the mid east when the Duke of Hazard tries to broker a peace deal while the US continues its war in Iraq.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  89. Ben

    Not only will a peace deal not be reached by the end of the year, but it is also irresponsible of Bush to try. He knows that neither Abbas nor Olmert has the political capital to make a deal happen. All Bush is going to accomplish is to make the next meaningful push for peace in the Middle East, when there might be a chance of something happeneing, less meaningful.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Matthew Johnson

    Jack,
    I believe the odds of Bush creating a Middle East peace agreement by the end of the year are about the same as him being re-elected for a third term. This peace agreement is an absolute cover to try and put a saving grace on his campaign. Its like trying to put a gold star on top of a dieing Christmas tree its doomed to collapse.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  91. Keith

    Oh my god!! A peace deal involving Gerge Bush? What happend, did they find oil over there?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  92. ziad

    It is interesting too see how every American president tried to solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem. In my opinion, Bush, Olmert and Abu mazen know that it would be impossible to solve the problem in one year. This is just a "good publicity) for the Democrats.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  93. Ron Johnsrud

    Will this shot gun policy work, No it never has. Does the war shot gun policy work, no it never has. Bush has never figured out shot gun policy never works.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  94. Leland Pan

    First, let's look at Bush's administration for keeping their word.

    Second, let's look at how long this problem of peace in the Middle East, specifically between Israel and Palestine, has existed.

    I think not.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Jackson

    Jack-
    Bush's prediction is laughable. Is it an attempt at optimism? If so, I think the outcome will be similar to that of his immigration bill (which he pledged to get through Congress), or his promise to capture bin Laden, or his contention that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, or the "Mission Accomplished" fiasco. His ridiculous proclamations only reveal his weakness as president. Everyone knows this is an empty promise. Olmert and Abbas don't have the strength to pass an agreement either. Olmert can't afford to antagonize his conservative supporters, and Abbas couldn't even unify the Palestinian people. Also, why would the Palestinians go for a deal with Bush (the most pro-Israel president ever) when they could wait a year and get someone else? It ain't gonna happen.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  96. Liz

    If Bush's failure to maintainin a healthy US economy, embarassing failure to maintain healthy international relations, failure to unite the Congress, failure in the Iraq war, and even failure at eloquently speaking the english language is any indication, I would say chances are slim that Bush will be able to find a solution to the issues between Palestein and Isreal. He doesn't understand the majority of political and social issues in his own country. Therefore, he doesn't stand a chance at mending the extremely complicated relationship between these two countries.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  97. Susan

    How many Presidents have tried to bring about peace in the Middle East? And this current resident of the White think he can resolve that in a year. We have an economy that’s on the brink of the abyss, children being processed through the so-called education system like lemmings and a once strong middle class disappearing. I am insulted and ANGEY that this pResident is more concerned with Israel than Main Street.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  98. James, Phoenix

    The US needs to change it's foriegn policy, stop backing Israel. The president talks about peace in the Middle East and threatens to take action against Iran. Where does he think Iran is, Asia. Stop Israel= peace in the Middle East.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  99. Patrick

    An incredible statement coming from a guy who can't understand Native American tribal sovereignty? I think he understood tribal he just doesn't get the sovereignty part. He's undermined American sovereignty and our precious constittuion. He 's allowed our borders to be compromised for years. Yet he thinks he can mediate a tribal sovereignty such as the likes of Canaan and Israel. What a megalomaniac. If we could harness the power of his ego, we could solve our energy crisis.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  100. Harald Frederiksen

    Bush's feeble attempt in his eighth year follows Bill Clinton's attempt in his eighth year. This is the experience Hillary offers. We urgently need Obama's rational thinking, wise judgement and positive actions.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  101. Chris A.

    President Bush also thanks that free trade is great for our economy, we should open our boarders to everyone, and that he was right in invading Iraqi and we are winning. He is delusional. Our going away present for him should be a jail cell from him to share with Cheney and Rove for the next 20 years.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  102. Jeff, Florida

    Yet another chapter from the Bush book of policital "fairy tales". It's laughable that someone who has been unjustifiably bombing your neighbor to the East for the past 5 years can legitimately talk about peace to anyone. Bush's legacy is already a joke and now he's handing everyone the punch line.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  103. Jeff

    Mideast Peace? Don't they give mandatory drug tests in the White House?......evidently not!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  104. Alan

    I don't think the Palestinians or the Israelis are willing to make the compromises necessary to obtain peace. Israel is still building settlements, and Hamas is still shooting rockets into Israel. This suggests neither side is that serious. Israel says there will be no deal without attacks stopping from Gaza. Abbas does not have control of Gaza, and he's not going to get it. Therefore, no deal.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  105. sam conner

    Doesn't he even have a clue that a Palastinian state would be nothing more than a base from which to attack Israel? There will be peace there only when the Islamic states want it enough to stop attacking or supporting attacks on Israel. Why should Israel give up anything for the peace that the Arabs have never seriously offerred. If they had a leader who really was for peace, they would kill him. Don't you remember that is what happened to Saddat? We need to support Israel, the only democracy and the only sensible and tolerant nation in the region.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  106. Keith

    Jack....
    You have to be kidding me... George Bush negotiating a peace deal. What happend, did geologist find oil over there?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  107. ziad

    It is interesting too see how every American president tried to solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem. In my opinion, Bush, Olmert and Abu mazen know that it would be impossible to solve the problem in one year. This is just a “good publicity) for the Democrats. You can not have a peace agreement when both Israeli and Palestinian presidents don't control their countries

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  108. Susan

    How many Presidents have tried to bring about peace in the Middle East? And this current resident of the White think he can resolve that in a year. We have an economy that’s on the brink of the abyss, children being processed through the so-called education system like lemmings and a once strong middle class disappearing. I am insulted and ANGEY that this pResident is more concerned with Israel than Main Street.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  109. Jim

    Just more evidence this president does not now, never has, never will, live in the REAL world! This is spin to put a good face on 8 years of lies and head-in-the-sand mentality. We should have learned by now we cannot cram our brand of democracy down the throats of the world. Sometimes the children have to be left alone to fight it out!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  110. Don Bergquist

    Mr. Cafferty:

    You ask if we believe the president when he says that there will be “peace in the middle-east by the end of his presidency.” What can I say? Anyone who does believe that probably believes that we are currently “winning” in Iraq, that we would “be greated as liberators,” that the war could be fought “on the cheap,” that it would all be over in six weeks, “Mission Accomplished,” that the war in the Persian Gulf was precipitated by Saddam Hussein’s direct involvement in the attacks on the US on 09/11, , that we found nukes in Bagdad and that the economy is going great guns!

    This like so many of the president’s statements can be attributed to his ignorance of reality, wishful thinking, prevarication, or a combination thereof.

    Don Bergquist
    Lakewood, Colorado

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  111. Wajdi

    Aside from the credibility issue that Mr. Bush has, and his ignorance of many basics, I will give him credit to eve ask Israel for pull out from the 1967 boarders and asking Israel for to dismantle settlements. However, sometimes ignorance unintentionally plays well, and I assume that Israelis didn't expect him to say that, otherwise they would have shouted at him loudly not to even dare.

    Will Israel listens? Mr. Bush asked Sharon to stop a massacre while it was taking place and he was ignored. At any rate, again, I wish that his ignorance plays well and helps ease suffering of Palestinians

    Will Israel listen now?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Jon Gain

    Absolutely not. I think that this is a last ditch effort to secure his legacy as a president who restored peace to the Middle East. He is trying to cover up the fact that he has brought an amalgate of pain and suffering to not only foreign countries, but also to his own. President Bush is an extremely polarizing force that cannot bring peace to his own country, let alone the Middle East.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  113. Abraham

    Will there Peace by the end of 2008?? LOL

    Jack,

    You gotta be kidding me!!!. Don't get me wrong I'm an optimist in general, and I even believe that its theoretically possible to achieve peace eventually BUT.....Anyonw who folows the situation closely there, s i do knows that When one combines the least popular Isaeli Prime Minister in History, with A weak feckless leader of the Palestinians who barely controls THE WEST BANK, and has No Control over the hell hole know as Gaza, and of course The least popular President of the U.S in recent memory you do not have a recipe for success. Thats not even to mention the fact that the vast majority of Arabs and specifically Palestinians still learn,watch,hear, and absorb the fact that the Israelis are worthless colonialists with no right to be anywhere, and their most extreme elements are financially and ideologically and financially supported by Iran,Saudi Arabia and virtually every Islamic terrorist group in the world.....well NO

    January 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  114. dave

    Give me a break Jack, The only thing Bush is doing is trying to save the image of the republican party for the up coming elections, inshort a cheap patch for the 8 years of destructive leadership in the white house by the republican party. However on a higher note at least we now see he's capable of doing something cheap.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  115. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    Jack,

    Sure, A Mideast Peace Deal will happen.

    When President Bush becomes Pro-Choice,

    When President Bush comes out Against the Death Penaly,

    And, When President Bush Converts to Islam.

    Well, You get my point. Don't bet the Ranch!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  116. Fred

    George Bush couldn't predict the winner of a one horse race! Our country is in shambles and he's off in another country to make a name for himself and thats all there is to it. He has been a lame duck President. He will be a lame duck overseas. I am counting off the days on my calendar until King George leaves the throne.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  117. Brad Ellis

    Jack, I don't care who you are that was funny right there. Is there anything ever positive that comes out of George W. Bush's mouth? Gotta love ole Bushie!!!!!

    Brad

    Danville, Illinois

    January 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  118. Mark Gardner

    It's simple Jack... Bush is a lame duck...and our duck is Quacking in the middle east

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  119. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Yes, if they haven't blown each other off the map by the end of the year.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  120. Drew Herron

    No. President Bush will not succeeed with his demands there be peace in the Middle East by the end of the year. It is yet one more example of his 'big man on campus' belief in his omnipotence. It is a wild goose chase encouraged by Cheney to get the Child King occupied while Cheney finishs up business and then wipes the fingerprints clean before the enxt administration moves in.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  121. Ed Fleming Las Vegas

    Isn't this the same moron that predicted wmd's? He should stick to predicting lotto numbers

    Ed
    Las Vegas

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  122. Jim Blevins

    It is totally impossible for Bush to produce a peace deal (in any amount of time) - he is far too biased toward the Israeli position. Peace will require an agreement between equals - no one with bias can broker such a deal.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  123. christoff

    Well, Mr. Scrooge, welcome to Christmas. Alas, your goose has been sold. Your administration is fatally tarnished; nobody trusts you in this country, let alone in Palestine. If your successor is qualified, perhaps he (or she) can help clean up this mess, along with all the rest you leave behind. Forget your legacy and just try not to do any more damage before next January.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  124. Pete

    Jack,

    How can you have peace when we supply 30 billion dollars to Israel a year and supply the arab nations around Israel with weapons. More hot air from an administration that has stolen our civil liberties. That should be the main news story everyday.

    Keep up the good work,
    Pete

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  125. hneale

    I guarantee Mr. Bush will make a peace deal before he leaves office. This deal is very important for him so that he will have a great legacy. He is going to implement security council's resolution 242 which was signed by all members of the UN except Israel. I wish him good luck and success.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  126. Alan Warner

    It is not conceivable that this inarticulate, moronic grinning idiot could succeed where much more competent presidents have failed. Bush is the worst president in the history of this country and that will be his legacy.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  127. Carol Plowman

    This will happen as soon as both my Mom and Dad is up in their graves and yell, "go, Hillary!!!"

    January 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  128. N. Richard

    Peace by the end of the year? Is this president out of touch with reality or what!

    The answer is NO!

    It would be simpler for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. (quotation from a reliable source)

    January 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Ron from Seattle

    No way Jose!

    A peace agreement pushed by clown prince George will be "non-binding", like most of the ineffectual agreements from him and our worthless congress and senate.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  130. Gerard Noteboom

    Bush predicting a peace agreement ? As likely as his policy of sexual abstinence is going to work.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Brad Brown in MD

    Absolutely not! If there is anyone in the world that believe George W. Bush will have a positive impact on the current situation in the Middle East peace talks, they must be out of their minds. Did we as American's forget that George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq, did we forget that we are currently in a military action in Iraq? Yet Bush believes for a moment that he can help with the peace talks in the Middle East. Mr. Bush must have woken up with a solid reality that his future library will never be visited and wanted to make a last ditch effort in saving face. I believe Mr. Bush needs to retreat back to the "Western White House" and keep his mouth shut for the next 11 months while the American people decide who will lead our country in a better direction.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  132. Linda Singleton

    Bush is trying after almost eight years in office to leave some kind of legacy from his bumbling stint as President. I would image he hates to go out being tagged as the worst ever to hold office after manipulating his way in. He comes off a little odd as a peacemaker when he initiated a lie to start the war. It is hard to take him seriously. I believe the foreign leaders tells him what he wants to hear because he has not come off as an effective president. I would be really surprised if he got anything accomplished other than a war he keeps this country enbroiled in, the deficit growing bigger and bigger, and bodies continually piling up in this war, and he has almost bankrupt his own country to bolster his ego to say he "won" the war. When people don't mind dying (the suicide bombers), I would like to know how he thinks he is going to be victorious. He is fooling himself , but I'm sure the people now knows better. His agenda was to topple over Hussein...he completely forgot about Bin Laden. Bush got the people he hand-picked to back him up so that he could go into Iraq and accomplish what his father couldn't do and that is why the election was manipulated in his behalf. I have never seen a lie hold up...have you?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  133. steven

    No, if it happens it will be like the finding of Elizabeth Smart , times 100. It has been tried before for the last 50 years, and the results have never been acheived. President Bush is already at a serious disadvantage. His reputation is tarnished as a belligerant tyrant, and does not yield great influence in the Middle East. This is his last ditch effort to accomplished something for his disastrous terms as the president of the United States.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  134. Christopher Heard

    While I do hope and pray for Peace in the Middle East I doubt if a war monger such as Bush can achieve anything this late in his botched Presidency. President Bush is the one living in a fairy tale, he waits nearly 8 years to start a peace process then rattles Iran as a world threat, takes a flight to the Middle East, makes a few uneventful speeches with mispronounced words and a chuckle or two and tries to declare Mission Accomplished by the end of his presidency. What a fool !!! He must also believe in the fairy tale that the Iraq War is going well, that wire tapping his own citizens is legal, that he economy is strong and riding high and the GOP will retain the white house and regain congress in the upcoming election. Perhaps Peace in the Middle East will come one day but Mr Bush you are no Jesus. Stay home stop EmbarrASSing America and try to read another children's fable, like u did on 9-11.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  135. Tarryl

    lol!!!! what is wrong with him ??? how can he even form the words peace on his lips . I hope the people that voted for this guy 2x feel some type of shame and disbelief at his levels of ignorance. I mean George did you forget that you labeled thier elected government a terrorist organization ? Hamas was voted in and yet you continue to act like they dont exist what happened with your democracy theory if you want to start talking peace dont look any further than your own backyard.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  136. keith

    Almost into the last year of this Administration and GW is trying shuttle diplomacy
    he said he going back to Isreal in april and he promises middle east peace deal
    befor the end of his administration , Is this not a rush job or what ". We can all remeber the last rush job this President and his Administration sold toAmerican people and it called Iraq.........................................................................................................

    January 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  137. Mike

    Why are you hiding behind "some critics suggest ...". Who are those critics? Just you and your groupies?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  138. Tony Rossi

    Jack:
    Look at the track record for both parties, it will never happen.

    Tony

    January 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  139. Bob Ogilvie

    This Chicken Little, Fairy Tale President is at it again! His visions should be a Disney Movie, complete with magic wands, wonderful potions, dancing animals and mirrors that talk. The V8 Juice Man, should pop out and conk him on the head!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  140. Gerard Noteboom

    Peace agreement in the Middle East this year ? As likely to succeed as Bush policy on sexual abstinence ONLY and most of his ideas.

    Gerard

    January 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  141. Ted in PDX land

    Gee Jack, has it only been 60 years since 1948 and every US president since then has wanted to receive the Grand Pubah Middle East Peace Medal for being responsible for a peace pact? The God that both sides claim to worship has been trying to do that Himself since he invented both Arabs and Jews. Must be that genome thing....Maybe both sides should break bread together... A bit of humble pie. Like children not eating their veggies.."Eat it, it's good for you".

    January 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  142. Mike

    Every time we stick our neck out, we get it chopped off. Why can't the UN or EU handle this? I'm tired of this country coming off as the bad guy all the time?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  143. Jay

    Jack, your simple question...peace in the middle east by years end... needs a simple answer that our simple President can understand. WHEN PIGS FLY !
    But i suppose we can always hope..........Jay... universal city, Tx.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  144. John

    I don’t think so Jack! I believe Bush is also looking a part time job in the Middle East to join Tony Blaier after he ends his term. The agreement between the two sides has to come from the people of Palestine and Israel

    January 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  145. Tony

    Jack; can we arrange to have this embarrasssment drug tested? It's obvious his thinking is even more impaired than normal,(even at his standards). Hopefully he has made one successful humanitarian act in his life, like removing himself from the gene pool.

    Tony in Mn.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  146. Donna in ID

    He is trying to find something he can leave as a legacy. He is to late. He has refused to talk rea peace to anyone in any country seriously for 7 yrs. about working on peace anyplace. Pushy, Macho, War Monger.
    The man is 7 yrs to late to think about leaving any good memories after he took us to Iraq on his bull headedness.
    I for one would love to know who was the person that he believed about WMD's with out takeing the time to really check with all the people he had to check with.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  147. Ryan

    It's plausible, but irrelevant. The U.S. has failed at every attempt to make peace since World War 1 (i.e. the Versailles Treaty of 1919, as it simply kept the peace in Europe only for roughly 20 more years). In addition, many of the republicans who wish to remain in Iraq argue that if we pulled out now, the country would fall into a civil war. So, if we can somehow manage to get a peace treaty in the Middle East by the end of this year, I do not see any long-lasting peace as a result of it.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  148. balde

    i don't think so, the war between these two countries is inhertant which mean, it's forever until somebody wins. many people have taken it serious than you (bush). we all will be the witness to it, but there's no way to achieve that purpose of false lagacy. no body trust bush words anyway since he claimed sadam had a nuke which came out wrong.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  149. Michelle C

    Most Americans would say that Bush will not help establish peace between “Palestine” and Israel and actually create abv nation of Palestine. We all should stop being so negative all the time. Maybe Bush will accomplish something, he does not want leave the white house with a horrible legacy in foreign policy! He is going to do everything and anything he can to make peace. Who cares if it’s not for the right reasons? We all should hope for his success. Despite all the complications in the Gaza strip and the West Bank, these people want peace and I believe that now is the time for them to go for it.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  150. Micha

    Bush brought division and destruction to the Middle East.
    Those who seek peace listen to someone who resorts to peace by example through Dialogue.
    Not to those who are warmongers.

    Micha

    January 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  151. adele

    This has nothing to do with today's question but I have a question of my own.
    Does anyone remember the last speech that Obama gave in Iowa which referenced Hillary and Bhutto and which was shown on Wolf's show, on or about Dec. 27th? If so, PLEASE, write to me and tell me what you remember about it. I have not been able to find it in the transcripts.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  152. Melody

    Jack,
    How can George Bush stand and try to broker piece in one breath and then try to police the world treatening Iran in the other all the time while occupying another country. He truly does have a God complex and it is so sad that congress either is unable or unwilling to do anything about him. He is an embarasment.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  153. Christopher Heard

    While I do hope and pray for Peace in the Middle East I doubt if a war monger such as Bush can achieve anything this late in his botched Presidency. George W Bush is the one living in a fairy tale, he waits nearly 8 years to start a peace process then rattles Iran as a world threat, takes a flight to the Middle East, makes a few uneventful speeches with mispronounced words and a chuckle or two and tries to declare Mission Accomplished by the end of his presidency. What a fool !!! He must also believe in the fairy tale that the Iraq War is going well, that wire tapping his own citizens is legal, that the economy is strong and the stock market riding high and that the GOP will retain the white house and regain congress in the upcoming election. Perhaps Peace in the Middle East will come one day but Mr Bush you are no Jesus, except in your mind. Stay home stop Embarrassing America and TRY to read another children’s fable, like u did on 9-11.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  154. MARY

    Why don't you get off Hillary back.
    You give Obama alot of air time I can not turn on CNN with out
    you talking about Obama give a break.
    Why don"t you give the other canadates more time not just Obama.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  155. John

    Jack,
    Why would the Israelis’ want to listen to this man – Bush the peace maker??? No matter how many attempts are made to bring peace to this area it never happens, or if it does, then it doesn’t last for long. President Bush desperately wants only to have some kind of legacy to leave behind; this will be just one more of his failed attempts to do that. The best that will come out of this trip is one more red carpet “photo op” and a huge gas bill for us”, (the taxpayers) to pay fuel Air Force to get there and protect this hobbling duck.
    John,
    Bedford, MA

    January 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  156. Darts

    Well, Jack, maybe it's the final year into the world's biggest war of all time not peace. The Israel problems are for sure not political but religious. We are patiently wating for a man with divine powers to bring peace to this world. Bush is certainly going to fail just like any other politician has. It won't be suprising to see the most neglected man bring peace to Israel. We would like to see new non-politically charged faces approach Israelis.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  157. angryspittle

    Bush is a delusional moron.

    It is time to fit the oval office with rubber walls.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  158. Tom in NB

    You bet it will! I would like to put a copy of the agreement in my safety deposit box next to the deed for the swamp land in Florida I bought.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  159. Dan Rowan

    I was extremely surprised to watch Wolf Blitzer address the "very sensitive" issue of race during todays program. Earlier, someone reminded him, and he agreed, that polling data is only a snapshot. WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE of CNN airing the segment on polling data "Is America Ready for a Black President" ; and, WHAT WERE WE SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM IT ?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  160. Marvin Foster, Texas

    Not only is Bush a liar and a fraud, he must also be a dreamer. If you believe his political BS about a peace agreement, you still believe in the tooth fairy. Your programs and comments are great. I try not to miss them. BTW, why hasn't someone picked up or commented on how Obama's concession and last N.H. speech with its "YES WE CAN" sounded so much like MLK's "I have a dream"?
    Marvin, Texas

    January 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  161. Mike

    Oh, certainly, Jack. His Strateegery Majesty Bush will calm the waters in the Middle East. Sure thing, no problem.

    By the way: let me take this opportunity to invite you to come down to Florida and watch my pet pig on his/her/it's maiden flight - prior to January of '09....

    Delusionally yours,

    Mike

    January 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  162. Diane Hansen

    This is in reaction to what you read on the air for your previous question about changing opinions on the war.

    What? I beg to differ. What about the good that has come because of this conflict? What about your own CNN reporter over there who has said that if we were to pull out now we would see a lot more killings among those people, and that our presence there has helped? It may be that information was not correct, but hindsight is 20/20 and I do believe that our President has done what he thought was best with the information he had. It may have been inaccurate…or incomplete, but I do NOT believe that knowingly our President did something just for pride (not necessarily his own, but that of the country) or only to make the world believe we are still the "superpower", or to just place a lot of men and women in danger. How many in the Whitehouse or Congress or any of our leaders directly in contact with the President would have let any of this happen if they knew it was all a hoax? You may call me naïve, but I don't think that someone somewhere paid somebody off to be quiet or something…..if that is the case, then there are a LOT of people (Republican and Democrat alike) that were involved and we are in a LOT more trouble than we think. -And that is not the fault of our President.

    Also, what happened about fighting to make the world better…to try, to hope? We didn't not go fight against the Nazis just because their doctrine was totally different than our own -(we did it because it was right and the rest of the world backed the fight). Millions of lives have been lost due to war and conflict, so many more have died before so we would be here to fight for life today. One big difference is that now we have daily reports on how many die, but the numbers in reality are so much less. Have we so easily forgotten those who gave their lives before? My knowledge is certainly incomplete, but from the soldiers I have heard from, all have been happy to serve.

    Hasn't the whole hope-filled speeches by Obama (and others) made us realize what we really want? Messages of peace, of happiness, good, of living in unity with our fellow citizens and with all the world. You have said yourself it is pretty amazing the type of reaction that has come. It is amazing, it is good. Just like being President of the United States is a responsibility almost incomprehensible to most of us, the magnitude of our place in the economy and life of the world is such a large one -who are any of us to say that we know what should be done or should have been done? Really, how many Americans weren't for fighting back in some way after September 11th? (We blame presidential candidates for moving around on issues, but we don't think twice about our own changes of opinion…)

    This is life….what about other wars that lasted so much longer than this one only a few short years. Have we forgotten that we believe that all men are created equal, that we all have certain unalienable rights -including the search for being happy? Do we not recall the lessons we have learned that what every human needs is to love and be loved, to have the necessities of life, and that our focus really should be on living peaceably with all our neighbours (which includes the whole world). I use the Nazis because everybody knows about them, and because nearly everyone agrees that it was wrong to kill mass numbers of people just because they didn't believe as the Nazi's did or because they looked the wrong way. -Is it not a very, even extremely similar situation now? Will those in the Middle East give up their ways of thinking for years and stop fighting? -Probably not. That is a fight only won within the chambers of one's own mind and heart. Certainly what the U.S. does will not make this big change, but it does make a difference. When have we ever believed that it was best to just sit back and let hatred or violence rule? It is not who we are as citizens of the United States, it is not the way of an American.

    -Having said all this I will just clarify that I wasn't really sure how I felt about getting in to the war, and I am not for sure on how I feel about it now. I do feel that my knowledge is too limited to make a very educated comment, but also think I am mature enough to take a look at all the information I do have and know I don't know it all, and still have something to add. The fact is that we have a duty to elect those we believe will do what is in our best interest (the best interest of all) and then stand with them as they take hold of situations and make immeasurable decisions that will shape not just our history but our destiny as well. The President of the United States -supposedly- has all the best people…the most experienced, the most knowledgeable, the most ready and able men and women to help brief him and tell him the circumstances, the options, and the consequences. If we can't trust that our President will do the very best he (or she) can, then really, we can't trust ourselves.
    -I am undecided about the candidates now. I'm not read or blue….but I want to have a President who will uphold the values of our constitution and the hopes of all humanity.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  163. Jim Jensen

    Bush has gotten the whole world so screwed up that we'll be lucky to survive until someone intelligent can take office, in the Whitehouse, and try to bail us out. With all that going for him I think expecting him to swing a peace deal is a little more than ludicrous. We'll be lucky if he doesn't start a regional war in the Middle East before he gets back to Washington, D.C.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  164. joe

    DID ANYONE ACTUALLY HEAR HIM SAY WHICH YEAR.....

    January 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  165. Adele, Ohio

    In today's paper there was an article that Bush wants Israel to relinquish some of the land that they won from the Arabs after the Arabs banded together and attacked Israel in the 7 day war.
    What country has ever given back its spoils? If the Arabs had used their money to till the soil and to create businesses which, in turn, would have given them jobs, instead of spending all their money on weapons, they would not be in the sorry situation that they find themselves in, today. If they had the farms and the businesses, other Arabs would have mobbed one another, wanting to get in and be a part of the great Palestinian State. They have only themselves to blame for their problems.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  166. hated bush from th start

    Obama is the only one who hasn/t already been involved in the Wash b87 S987
    The rest have tried and failed

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  167. Kamarie

    Edwards is the man to fix the economy. At least if the voters ask him if he'll have to raise the taxes, he'll say yes instead of blowing smoke to cover the issues!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  168. Henry

    I can't believe Bush stayed at the King David Hotel. The same one the Israeli terrorist blew up in '47. So much for the war terror. I quess it's whose ox is being gored.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  169. CHARLOTTE

    If the topic weren't so serious, some of these comments are really quite funny. GW, broker peace. Dr. Phill, will fix Brittney. Kucinich, will be president . WMDs, will be found. Oh yeah, pigs will fly.....................

    January 14, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  170. Matthew

    Mr. Cafferty ! I was watching CNN this morning, and Mr. Johnson X-CEO of BET was speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton, he made a sad and bad comment about Sen. Barack Obama which I thouight was distastfull and downright vindictive. When Mrs. Clinton gets speakers to speak on her behalf, doesn't she realize that whatever comes out of there mouths can send out the wrong message as well as let people know that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. and about Mr. Johnson, when he sold BET to some other people and they Started putting that Hoochie Coochie BS on TV thinking thats what African Americans wanted to watch he sold him self for some chump change, Mr. Johnson go crawl back under the rock from which you came., And Sen. Clinton, you and Bill just lost my vote.

    Thanks Mr. Cafferty, keep telling it like it is., Matthew, Please Pass on to Mr. Lou Dobbs, he's another one of my heroes.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:17 am |
  171. Robert

    The only thing that our despot, I mean President is interested is war with Iran. On February 11th, 28 days from now, Iran wants to start selling their oil in Euros not US dollars. That means if the US wants to buy Iranian oil, we would have to buy Euros first with our deflated dollars, which at current exchange rates is 0.672 Euros to $1.00. Now think of what that will do to our sinking economy. Not to mention when the other countries that sell oil get this idea in their heads, they'll start selling in Euros also. It would put a very quick end to the petro-dollar recycling, that we've been takign advantage of sll these years. I wouldn't be suprised to see our government, which is no longer of the people and by the people by the way, attack Iran before Feb. 11th. Because they as the National Intelligence Estimate said – they don't have any nukes. I am so fed up with Buch and Cheney, I feel like I want to leave this country for good!

    January 14, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  172. Bill

    If elected, will Hillary run and hide behind "Billy's" coattails every time some big bully says something negative about her? I thought she was tough enough to handle her own battles. Do the other candidate's spouses "run to protect" their spouse when the going gets tough? Is this a sign of how she would run to Billy every time there was a problem? Like Mr. Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat...get out of the kitchen".

    January 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  173. Frederick

    Don't the politicians realize that there will never be peace in the Middle East or surrounding countries because there are too many countries that have a war mongrel as a leader, like Bush, he doesn't want peace there or in his own country, just got to look at the problem they have with Mexico at their southern border with illegals, human trafficking, drug problem is never going to go away,.there will be a Civil war before the drug problem is going to go away because there is too much money to be made with drug trade.

    January 14, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  174. Jack K.

    This recent trip to the mideast had nothing to do with Israeli/Palistinian peace!!

    The sole purpose of this trip–is the big $20 billion dollar pay-off to Saudi Arabia– for -barely cooperating–with the U.S. government in the war on terror, and in holding down oil prices.

    I particularly like the "double win" for the region. We also–managed a "pay-off" to Israel for their support by offering the same deal–just with "more better bombs".

    At a time when the U.S. should be leading the vanguard establishing peace in the middle east, our current President is creating a new arms race there!!

    When you want peace–you don't arrive bearing military hardware, bombs, and more-better bombs....you bring flowers.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  175. Rosanne

    Mr. Bush just left Israel and today there was back and forth exchanges between Gaza and Israel resulting in about 20 deaths. No. Mr. Bush is not likely to bring about peace in the near East. He'll just have to take a smaller bite someplace else if he seeks to salvage his legacy.

    January 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm |
  176. anthony

    January 9, 2007 Bush met with the president of Turkey on the 10th he was in Israel. The connection is the Turkey Israeli pipelines, the real purpose of the recent middle east peace summit . The actual story are the proposed oil pipelines that will be built down the coast from Turkey to Israel. Condi Rice is trying to broker this deal. BP oil, US oil interests and the Saudis all have a stake in that pipeline. Domonique Strauss- Khan managing director of the International Monetary Fund and Robert Zoellick president of the World Bank were in attendance. Big money won"t finance the venture without stability in the region.
    In the Daily telegraph, July 22, 2006 Condoleeza Rice stated her main objective in the middle east was not to push a ceasefire in Lebanon, but to cause an isolation of Syria and Iran. The strategic objective is all tied to oil and oil pipelines. In April of 2006 Israel & Turkey made their announcement which included four pipelines which will bypass Syria & Lebanon. The source of the oil is the BTC pipeline from the Caspian Sea Region. Shareholders in the BTC pipeline are: British Petroleum, AzBTC, Chevron, Statoil, TPAO, ENI, Total, Itochu, INPEX, Conoco-Phillips & Amerada Hess. Another very important factor on the war with Lebanon is that Israel will have a strategic role in protecting the pipeline and transportation corridor out of Ceyhan Turkey. The strategy will weaken Russian oil"s role in central asia and also isolate Iran.

    January 16, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  177. anthony

    Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co. major Israeli oil company needs more crude and this is why the Turkey Israeli pipelines are going to be built......From there corporate site some info..".One of the reasons that triggered this project was the assumption that part of the crude oil produced in Russia, the Central Asian Republics or in the Caucasus and loaded at Black Sea ports can be marketed at competitive prices for distribution in Southern Asia and the Far East".

    January 16, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  178. anthony

    Nothing has changed on Iran. The administrations interest in Iran & nukes is a smoke screen for their real agenda. Their true interests are Cheney's energy policy.Condi Rice is a former board member of Chevron Oil and mouthpiece for the administrations energy policy. Part of that policy is the The Caspian Sea pipeline which will go through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,Pakistan, to the gulf of Oman and on to India & Nepal.It will be cheaper to construct if they can go through Iran, but regime change is necessary first. The Caspian sea area holds one third of the world's oil and south asian oil markets are their target market. This pipeline was also the reason for the Afghanistan invasion. Cheney's energy policy is the root of all these middle east wars, a federal court judge sealed all documents associated with it for the administration, and the national media are not allowed to discuss or comment on it. More troops are needed in Afghanistan to protect the contractors building the pipeline. Iran stands in the way of total control of global oil now with sales of oil to China's Sinopec Oil,deal signed Dec.10,2007. Months ago China said there would be dire consequences if the US interfered with there direct oil contracts with Iran. Both parties in the Congress should be very concerned with China's growing war machine and need for oil. They are the real threat & the administration doesn"t care they are in control ! All that matters to them is BIG OIL and their corporate stock portfolios

    January 16, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  179. anthony

    Russia is the second largest supplier of oil on the planet, the Saudis are number one. After Saddam was removed they lost one of there sources and moved to Iran to fill the void. In exchange they also negotiated contracts to build multiple nuclear power plants in Iran. Russia is well aware of the Cheney plan for the Casapian Sea pipeline which will be cheaper to build if the US goes through Iran. Iran does not want to negotiate with the US on this pipeline. Cheney wants regime change, but Russia does not because it's not in there economic interest. Thats the real deal !
    Russia reneged on contracts with BP oil UK for new Siberian wells and also renegotiated contracts for existing BP production wells in Russia for less money. BP was not happy and teamed up with US oil interests for the Caspian Pipeline deal now under construction.

    Reuters uk-business: January 14, 2008 reported that "US/Iran tensions over it's nuclear programs may cause Iran to retaliate by cutting oil production. " This will cause the price of oil to go even higher. More profits for BIG OIL. Part of Cheney"s energy policy is to build multiple pipelines from many areas of the region so that the US & British oil interests can control global markets and weaken Russia"s and Irans positions.

    January 16, 2008 at 9:45 am |