Dana Perino: Bush Has Given Up Gambling

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No kidding. White House spokesperson Dana Perina yesterday said that despite Bush’s big gambles on Iraq, on his ‘bring it on’ battle against global terrorists, and possibly on Iran, “The President is not a gambler.”
Although the next question was about the “Scowcroft Letter” which Daniel Levy, Robert Malley, Henry Siegman, and I have been helping to promulgate, the more appropriate question should have been:

When did the President actually stop gambling?

Here is the exchange on both the President’s new aversion to gambling, particularly with regard to Middle East peace, and comments about our Annapolis Summit letter:

MS. PERINO: I would say it’s an important initiative. The President is not a gambler. The President wants these parties to come together for the sake of peace and stability and democracy and freedom in the Middle East. He understands there’s a root cause here, in that region, and he has dedicated a significant amount of time and resources and effort to bringing them together, and I think that it’s well worth it.
Q Is he familiar with the Scowcroft letter, I guess signed by a bunch of other folks, as well, saying basically that if there is either nothing accomplished at this session, or very little accomplished, it risks devastating consequences in the region?
MS. PERINO: We are aware that there has been a lot of posturing and a lot of communication in the walk up to this conference, and there are people that have a lot of experience, like the gentleman you mentioned, who were here before, they’ve seen the difficulties of trying to establish peace in the Middle East. We recognize that at the Annapolis conference we are not going to have instant results. What you are going to have, however, we hope, is a discussion of the core issues, the substantive issues that can get the Palestinians and the Israelis to a place where they can have negotiations to get to the two-state solution that they say that they both want to get to.
There’s a lot of difficult issues that come with that. There’s a lot of history, and there’s a lot of tension. But I think that the motivations on all sides have been genuine, and we are hopeful that we have a good conference. And I look forward to giving you more information about the President’s participation as soon as I can.

More later.
— Steve Clemons

Comments

15 comments on “Dana Perino: Bush Has Given Up Gambling

  1. kin asdar says:

    well, people and Americans just love to gamble and there is very little to do about it,today with all the free on line slots it is a strong fight…

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  2. Kathleen says:

    The term “Islamofascist” is just to make it easier for Dopey and Joe SixPack… this way they don’t have to distinguish between Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Baliban, etc. Bomb them all, say it’s for Israel, we’ll all make a bundle.
    Who needs to travel? Who needs to talk, except for show?

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  3. Sandy says:

    Neither do I, Tim.

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  4. Tim O says:

    Does anyone here believe for a second that the “President’s participation” is anything other than blending the margaritas and telling jokes?
    Seriously, Bush has not visited Israel once since taking office, in fact he has traveled very little over the past eight years, showing his lack of intellectual curiosity.
    Does anyone think the man who didn’t know that there was a difference between Shiites and Sunnis, has the slightest inkling about the issues surrounding this conference?
    I don’t

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  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Ja! To shamelessly rip off a liberal polemicist, the late Molly Ivins, this acutually reads better in the original German.”
    Go fuck yourself.

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  6. Chris Brown says:

    I believe that Incurious George is not a gambler. He’s just too busy being a frat boy (eh, eh, eh) to be interested in actually being engaged in being president.

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  7. JohnH says:

    Astute observation, Dan. But how will they prove that engagement actually makes things worse? Clearly, that will be the task of the remains of America’s manufacturing and fabrication industries or, most likely, subcontracted to AIPAC, Likud and Kadima.

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  8. daniel says:

    Can the damage the pickled prick has done be undone? How long would it take?

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  9. Dan Kervick says:

    I finally figured out what the White House is up to in Annapolis, when I heard a news report earlier today according to which the President wants the participants at the conference to “engage”.
    The term “engagement”, of course, is used frequently by opponents of the Bush Middle East policy, including many prominent Democrats.
    The point of Annapolis was just to manufacture a phony non-conference which will produce no results, and will most likely be followed by renewed violence.
    This show conference will then be pointed to for the remainder of the Bush term as an object lesson on the futility of engagement, and as a ready-made excuse for continuing with the policy of hard line military confrontation.
    Every time Barack Obama or John Edwards or Zbnigniew Brzezinski or someone else argues that we need to engage with Syria and Iran, administration water-carriers will sneer and say “We already tried that. Remember Annapolis? There is no use talking with these people.” “Annapolis” will become a ready-made rhetorical tool with which to bash opponents of a hard line over the head – a sort of mini “Munich”.
    We can expect the usual media suspects to cooperate with obedient cover stories with titles like “The Failures of Engagement” or “After the Talking: What’s Next for the Middle East?”

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  10. Josh says:

    Maybe you are not a regular here section9, but POA is a big fan of hyperbole. (Correct me if I’m wrong somebody) I wouldn’t get all worked up about it.

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  11. section9 says:

    POA ran to the keyboard and exclaimed:
    “It would be nice to see someone march into this conference and inform Israel that if they do not immediately abide by all UN Resolutions against them, and allow IAEA inspection teams in to monitor their nuclear program, their nuclear facilities will be destroyed by a multi-national force, and they will face immediate international sanctions.”
    Ja! To shamelessly rip off a liberal polemicist, the late Molly Ivins, this acutually reads better in the original German.
    Look, Pissed Off American, the Izzies have a sizeable nuclear arsenal of some 200 nuclear weapons. Some of these warheads are in the one-plus megaton range. Your “attack” by a multinational force, no doubt led by you, might not come off too well.
    Some of us have to remain “reality based”, even when those of you in the so-called “Reality Based Community” go off your damn rocker.
    BTW, I didn’t see any hue and cry from POA about the Indian or Pakistani atomic programs, and those two nations have actually tested atomic charges and have arsenals, as well. Tell me, POA, why the inordinate concern about the ISRAELI atomic arsenal?
    This isn’t “Protocols of the Atomic Elders of Zion” stuff rearing its ugly head, by any chance, is it? Just asking. I mean, POA, you seem to be QUITE GODDAMN READY to start a war against the Jewish people SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR IMPERTINENCE in the possession of an atomic arsenal.
    Judenrein much?
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    As to Annapolis;
    I’m not sure Abbas got what he needed. Waaayy to much “extremists” vs. “moderates” talk for my taste. This actually works to enhance the Israeli negotiating position, and grates on the Arab nerve. Not much here that Abbas can wave in Hamas’ face. Absolutely nothing about Downtown Jerusalem. Methinks they agreed to disagree.
    Nothing about Right of Return, because State of Israel isn’t a Suicide Pact among the Jews. Everyone knows that this will have to be dropped in return for some territorial concessions, but nobody can say this because Hamas will go out and start a bombing campaign against Fatah and the “November Traitors”.
    Weak tea. But perhaps all that could be expected from the opening bid.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    What gamble? Its too late to impeach him, he is going to hand the Iraq mess off to the incoming Administration, and he will be out of office before Israel can derail and violate any “agreements” that may be reached at this “conference”.
    It would be nice to see someone march into this conference and inform Israel that if they do not immediately abide by all UN Resolutions against them, and allow IAEA inspection teams in to monitor their nuclear program, their nuclear facilities will be destroyed by a multi-national force, and they will face immediate international sanctions.
    But apparently, we only do that to Muslim nations. And only the ones that haven’t attacked us.

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  13. Kathleen says:

    Not gambling??? He sounds like he’s slurping the sauce though.. listening to his opening speeech for the Summit, his speech is slurred and he’s developed a lisp.
    Pickled prick.

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