Bush Ending Mideast Tour With Promises, Few Results

Little action follows rhetoric on historic trip
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 10:08 AM CST
Saudi King Abdullah, right, points out one of his thoroughbred horses to U.S. President George W. Bush, left, at Al Janadriyah Farm, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. The horse farm is the King's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush will wrap up his tour of the Middle East tomorrow with a quick visit to Egypt, then fly home from his eight-day vision having collected plenty of promises but little in the way of actual results, the AP reports. Bush used the visit to woo Arab support for the Israeli peace process and to help counteract Iran.

Arab press and public alike voiced doubts as to whether Bush was the man who could make the peace. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed stalled talks as they told Bush they would, but there were doubts as to how long they would last, and Bush's request for Arab countries to "reach out" to Israel met a cool response.