Mar 31 2007
There is nothing worse than having the little tin dictators of Congress meeting with those who are allowing fighters and material to flow into Iraq to kill US citizens, and fighters and material to flow into Lebanon to kill Israelis and moderate Lebanese. Pelosi has decided she will go to Syria in direct conflict with the desires and positions of the Bush administrations, which has been isolating Syria to apply pressure on them to halt the death and destruction eminating from their borders.
The leader of the US House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in coming days will visit Syria, a country President George W. Bush has shunned as a state sponsor of terrorism, despite being asked by the administration not to go.
“In our view, it is not the right time to have these sort of high-profile visitors to Syria,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Friday.
Pelosi will not be the first member of Congress in recent months to travel to Syria, but as House speaker she is the most senior.
“This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, one that is trying to disrupt the Saniora government in Lebanon and one that is allowing foreign fighters to flow into Iraq from its borders,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
The appeasers are going to Syria to either try and throw their weight around (which won’t work) or offer up future bribes for good behavior. Those are the choices: the carrot or the stick. The one that should worry everyone is the carrot. What will Pelosi promise for something she can wave in Bush’s face? And is Pelosi naive enough to take Syria at their word? Syria would love nothing better than to use the House Speaker to lay into our President. And I get the impression Pelosi is naive enough to play the useful idiot. I could be wrong, but the fact she is not coordinating with the White House is an indication she is playing loose cannon and thrilled to poke Bush in the eye too.
Which is really a poke in the eye to US and Israeli interests. Is the liberal BDS so strong they would risk consorting with the ally of our enemies to get some PR points? Does power corrupt absolutely? Is her silence on the British hostage situation a sign of incompetence, or something worse?