We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi
Seriously, what the hell is going on in the world? I’m currently having an online argument with a guy at the Cato Institute, which is surreal enough. And now, the editorial page of the Washington Post, the Pravda of the Democrats, agrees with me on Pelosi’s little Syrian vacation. Here’s what I wrote.
What bothers me is that Pelosi is legitimizing the Syrian regime by making an official visit. That’s the job of the State Dept, to officially represent the United States on the world stage. … I mean, agree or disagree with the “carrot versus stick” approach, this is totally inappropriate. If Pelosi wants to go over and lick Assad’s balls she should wait until the Democrats are in the White House again, then she can do whatever the hell the president authorizes. Visiting allies is one thing, playing kissy-face with our enemies is another thing entirely.
And how here’s the WaPo.
HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad. After a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Ms. Pelosi announced that she had delivered a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that “Israel was ready to engage in peace talks” with Syria. What’s more, she added, Mr. Assad was ready to “resume the peace process” as well. Having announced this seeming diplomatic breakthrough, Ms. Pelosi suggested that her Kissingerian shuttle diplomacy was just getting started. “We expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria,” she said.
Only one problem: The Israeli prime minister entrusted Ms. Pelosi with no such message. “What was communicated to the U.S. House Speaker does not contain any change in the policies of Israel,” said a statement quickly issued by the prime minister’s office. In fact, Mr. Olmert told Ms. Pelosi that “a number of Senate and House members who recently visited Damascus received the impression that despite the declarations of Bashar Assad, there is no change in the position of his country regarding a possible peace process with Israel.” In other words, Ms. Pelosi not only misrepresented Israel’s position but was virtually alone in failing to discern that Mr. Assad’s words were mere propaganda.
I’m not a religious guy, but this has to mean the end of the world or something.
Posted by Lee
on 04/05/07 at 05:21 PM (Discuss this in the forums
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