Baker’s First Deal

James Baker must be proud of his quick start on his task of restoring the Mideast to the mess he left it in – shame about the Lebanese.

Sat Nov 18, NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, co-chairman of the bipartisan , co-chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group examining strategic options in Iraq, has met several times with Syrian officials to discuss cooperation with the United States, The New York Times reported in Saturday editions.”

The Syrian ambassador told the newspaper in an interview on Friday that Baker has asked Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting in New York in September: “What would it take Syria to help on Iraq?”

Baker’s deal appears to be that Syria recognizes Iraq (which, with a dollar, will buy the US a cup of coffee), and in return Syria gets the Lebanon back:

Pierre Gemayel, the Lebanese Industry Minister and a prominent anti-Syrian Christian politician, has been assassinated in a Beirut suburb, security sources confirmed this afternoon.

Baker’s a fast worker – at this rate, MidEast democracy will be gone in a year.

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