It's a shame that a hopeless shrug was all that President Bush gave Prime Minister Olmert during his recent visit to Washington. It could have been so different. Prime Minister Sharon's successor came to the capital with his "convergence plan"—unilaterally withdrawing from parts of the Jewish State because, he explains, with the terrorist group Hamas in power, Israel has no peace partner. The Bush administration, meantime, recognizes that Israel has no peace partner, but at the same time the president is also committed to the Middle East quartet's "Road Map" and officially can't endorse any unilateral move that is likely to "pre-judge" a final settlement—hence the hopeless shrug. Some see the shrug as good news—it means the Bush administration won't block Olmert's plan. But the real shame is that President Bush once again passed up on an action that would not only move the peace process forward, but would also reduce the likelihood of a future Hamas reelection. And, to top it all off, all President Bush has to do is comply with American law.