During the first seven years of his administration, Bush's grasp of Middle East policy was characteristically simple: If you can't sell it arms, bomb it.
Starting last fall, though, Team Bush began the search for their own Holy Grail: A legacy.
The Middle East summit in Annapolis last November never rose above the tepid expectations its participants held for it. And his whirlwind tour of the Middle East last month--including his first and last visit to Israel--got him a big arms deal with the Saudis, a photo op on a camel, and not much else.
Bush the executive is famous for reading next-to-nothing, insisting that briefings be delivered orally, and having a somewhat short attention span.
With that in mind, here's 90-second crash course on 5000 years of Middle East history that might go a long way toward helping him put his 13-month "legacy" push in perspective:
Watching wave after wave sweep back and forth across the region for several millennia might be humbling to some.
(Hat tip to James the Elder.)