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EDITORIAL: Stay focused on Iraq

President Bush today was highly critical of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria. Pelosi is meeting with President Bashar Assad, seeking his perspective on a non-violent end to the Iraq war. Bush believes the U.S. sends a mixed message by m...

President Bush today was highly critical of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria.

Pelosi is meeting with President Bashar Assad, seeking his perspective on a non-violent end to the Iraq war. Bush believes the U.S. sends a mixed message by meeting with the Syrian leader, suggesting it signals our inability to resolve the problem on our own terms.

Curiously, he faults Assad for not responding to similar pleas to halt militant factions of Hamas and Hazbollah. That raises a question: Is Bush truly concerned about stability in Iraq or are U.S. troops fighting this war as part of a larger plan to protect Israel? Numerous reports have suggested the U.S. president feels "called" to resolve all Middle East hostilities.

Hopefully, he doesn't embrace that grandiose notion. That's not what Congress has authorized. Bush should keep his focus on ending the war, not redrawing a map of the Mideast or imposing our system on government on reluctant nations.

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