President Bush addresses a skeptical nation tonight. I don't know if he was planning to tout the draft oil revenue agreement, but I assume that's off the table now. Not just because the agreement fell apart in the last 24 hours, but because one of Bush's own guys might have helped bring it down:
The Shia and Sunni leaders believe the Kurds are opting for a sort of oil secession that puts them outside the whole concept of a law to share the country's oil resources. And the Hunt [Oil] deal is apparently the straw that broke the camel's back, shall we say. But remember, [Ray L.] Hunt ... is also a pal of the president's. Indeed, President Bush has twice appointed Hunt to his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. So while the president is striving to get the Iraqis to meet these benchmarks one of his own pals -- and more importantly, political appointees -- is busy helping to tear the whole thing apart.