A little over two months ago, U.S. President George W. Bush, dashing and plainly delighted in a sea-green flight suit, flew onto an aircraft carrier to declare an end to major combat in his war against Saddam Hussein.
But if Bush seemed to be leaving the war in Iraq, the war was clearly unprepared to leave him. Since turning to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and full-bore efforts to push the road map peace plan that he views as the cornerstone of a future peace deal, the conflict in Iraq has increasingly taken on the trappings of an Intifada East.
Bush this week opened yet a new front in his administration's involvement in foreign relations and efforts at conflict resolution, visiting African states including Liberia, the subject of speculation over a future police role for American forces.
With so many irons in so many unbanked fires, can Bush succeed where one after another of his predecessors failed - bringing an end to six score years of Arab Jewish conflict?
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