Syrian paper: Bush's Mideast tour doomed to fail

The most Bush can achieve, 'Tishrin' said, is a "deal that can satisfy his arrogance and Israeli greed."

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US President George W. Bush is carrying "chaotic ideas" with him on his Middle East tour, which is doomed to fail, Syria's government Tishrin newspaper said Wednesday. Bush, who arrived in Israel Wednesday at the start of an eight-day tour of the region, carries "rotten produce in his pocket to market in the region and (comes) with some chaotic ideas in mind to further support Israel, undermine the Arab forces of resistance, antagonize Arab-Iran relations and justify US-Zionist hegemony," the daily said in an editorial. Bush is hoping to try to build momentum for stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during his visit. At a November peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, Israel and the Palestinians pledged to reach a final agreement by the end of the year, before Bush leaves office. Bush, who will also visit the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, has said he will also work with Mideast allies to develop a security plan to counter Iran. But Tishrin cast doubt on any success emerging from the visit. "It's unlikely that Bush would achieve any tangible results during his tour of the region that could ... whiten the US administration's black image," said Tishrin. The most Bush can achieve, it said, is a "deal that can satisfy his arrogance and Israeli greed, as well as continue the policy of intimidation and accusations."