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65 Years Ago

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know.  On March 30, 1942, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Texas visited Adolf Hitler in Germany to try and work out common ground.  Rather than the stick of war Rayburn was interested in the carrot of diplomatic negotiation.  During his European visit he also visited fascist Italy, then addressed the parliament of Great Britain.

Bet you didn’t know this, did you?  That’s because it never happened.

ABC News has learned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Syria next week to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.  The visit will make Pelosi the most senior U.S. official ever to meet with President Assad.

Pelosi will be traveling to Syria has part of Congressional delegation.  On the trip, she also plans to visit several other countries in the region, including Israel, where she will deliver a speech to the Knesset.

Pelosi’s visit to Syria would come as the United States has severed high-level contacts with Assad’s government.

Look, folks, this is really simple.  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.  (Let’s ignore for a moment that our president has been using the Assad regime to torture innocent Canadians.  Oops.)

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. 

Posted by Lee on 03/30/07 at 07:59 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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