Damascus daily blasts Bush's comments about losing patience with Assad

US President George W. Bush's remarks last week that he has lost patience with Syrian President Bashar Assad are arrogant and bode ill for the region, a Syrian newspaper said Monday. An editorial in the government-sponsored Tishrin daily said Bush's statements demonstrated that his administration is determined to end its term "as it started, with aggression, occupation and power." Bush, at a press conference on Thursday, criticized Assad and called on him to stop interfering in Lebanese politics. The newspaper accused Bush of seeking to push Lebanon "toward anarchy, similar to Iraq and Afghanistan" and claimed the American leader was determined to "give Israel more support than it has gotten from any previous (US) administration."