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April 7, 2007

Pelosi's Trip To Syria Conducted In Blissful Ignorance Of The Realities Of ME

Democratic%20Diplomacy.jpgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi's embarrassingly amateurish (for all Americans) kumbaya with terrorist supporter and facilitator of the killing of U.S. troops Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to draw fire from mainstream media, bloggers, and rational commentators alike, with only the far left defending her shameful, disgraceful, naive exercise in blissful naiveness, and that of the Democrats, to attempt to establish an alternative foreign policy in opposition to the official policy of the United States as directed by the president. As News By Us put its, "this latest Democrat action speaks loudly and surely of another infamous appeaser - Neville Chamberlain."

Pelosi%20abaya%20robe.jpgThink about it, the week before Easter, a senior Christian female politician goes to a terrorist-supporting Muslim country wearing a symbol of female submission to Islamic authority (some are surprised she didn't wear a full burka - although she did don the black abaya robe ), and embarrasses the president of the United States, herself, and our country in front of the whole world, while giving our radical Islamic enemy propaganda photo-ops to recruit more terrorists to murder more people that disagree with them.

Whatever Pelosi's intentions were in meeting with Bashar al-Assad and humiliating herself and our country before the Muslim world with her symbolism of submission and her giving the enemy the appearance of a divided U.S. that can be manipulated through one of its political parties, surely Pelosi had no idea that she would end up having to defend her possibly felonious acts from so many attacks, many of whom she could otherwise count on to defend her and her "defeat at any cost" party (Highly telling is the fact that former President Jimmy Carter praises her): Take for example:

The Savanah Morning News sums it up nicely:
HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi did Congress and the country a grave disservice this week by traveling to Damascus and meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Bush administration, and rightly so, has rejected direct talks with Syria. That nation has a long, bloody history of supporting terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

Until Mr. Assad renounces these groups and takes steps to cut all ties with them, U.S. diplomats shouldn't step into Syria.

But Ms. Pelosi apparently couldn't care less about forcing a state sponsor of terrorism to change its ways.

Instead, this self-appointed foreign minister is taking the "Pelosi Doctrine" on the road. This doctrine calls for undercutting U.S. foreign policy and the Bush administration whenever possible.

First, she and House Democrats approve legislation that handcuffs U.S. commanders by setting a pullout date for American troops in Iraq. Then she leaves the country and meets with a key ally of ruthless car-bombers, killers and other extremists who use violence to score political points.

Talk about giving aid and comfort to one of the civilized world's enemies.

This in-your-face snub of Mr. Bush and the executive branch is deplorable politics. Her visit to Syria is just another way for Ms. Pelosi and her cohorts on Capital Hill to make a lot of noise over their opposition to the administration's foreign policy, without taking a real stand to back up their empty words.

There's no question that Syria must close its leaking sieve of a border with Iraq and stop the flow of terrorists who threaten Iraqi citizens and U.S. troops. But it's responsibility of President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - not House Speaker Pelosi - to conduct foreign policy and represent America abroad.

Agoravox - France:
Nancy Pelosi's recent bumbling foray into foreign policy with Syria shows why diplomacy should be left to that branch of government - the executive branch - that actually has the authority to conduct it. Pelosi conveyed a 'peace message' from Ehud Olmert to Bashar Assad that - woops! - the Israeli government says it never gave to Pelosi. Apparently Nuancy not only missed the shades of gray there, she missed the black and white as well.

Amateurish and embarassing, yes, but is it illegal also? There is a law called the Logan Act that forbids U.S. citizens from conducting diplomacy without approval from the government. The act, as amended in 2004, reads as follows:

Wall Street Journal (subscription): Democrats at War
Democrats took Congress last fall in part by opposing the war in Iraq, but it is becoming clear that they view their election as a mandate for something far more ambitious -- to wit, promoting and executing their own foreign policy, albeit without the detail of a Presidential election.

Their intentions were made plain this week with two remarkable acts by their House and Senate leaders. Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed Senator Russ Feingold's proposal to withdraw from Iraq immediately, cutting off funds entirely within a year.

USA Today: Bush's no-talk policy is flawed, but speaker's tactics are no solution. ... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi crossed a line this week by visiting Syria. ... She violated a long-held understanding that the United States should speak with one official voice abroad -- even if the country is deeply divided on foreign policy back home. ... No matter that she claimed to have stuck closely to administration positions in her conversations with Assad, smiling photos of Pelosi and the Syrian president convey the unspoken message that while the U.S. president is unwilling to talk with Syria, another wing of the government is. Assad made good use of the moment.

Houston Chronicle: ... her actions are tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war. ... While Pelosi may feel her actions were appropriate, they were obviously motivated by political purposes. ... By her taking this trip during this time, she undermines the credibility of the United States and its policies. ... She and fellow Democrats pledged collegiality and bipartisan resolutions to the problems created by terrorists. ... I see now that their collegiality is with the terrorists, themselves -- not with the majority of peace-loving Americans.

Baltimore Sun:

As nation faces a grave threat, Pelosi assumes presidential power.

... Congressman Tom Lantos, who is a member of the delegation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led to Syria, put the mission clearly when he said: "We have an alternative, Democratic foreign policy." Democrats can have any foreign policy they want - if and when they are elected to the White House.

... Until Ms. Pelosi came along, it was understood by all that we had only one president at a time and - like him or not - he alone had the constitutional authority to speak for this country to foreign nations, especially in wartime.

All that Ms. Pelosi's trip can accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring nation in the Middle East while we are in a war there. That in turn can only embolden the Syrians to exploit the lack of unified resolve in Washington by stepping up their efforts to destabilize Iraq and the Middle East in general.

So what can we actually expect from Pelosi's hug-a-terrorist moment with al-Assad? Butkus!

Like Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says (listen here), "when it comes to negotiating with terrorist-harboring Islamic regimes, Pelosi and other Democrats simply do not get it. I think it's just another species of the appeasement that the Democratic Party is trying to pursue. They still believe that if they give the right combination of concessions to various Islamic states and majority Muslim countries, they will find there will be peace -- and I think they're going to be unpleasantly surprised.

Related: Lantos lashes out at critics of Pelosi trip (no surprise here - naive liberal appeaser of terrorists defends naive liberal appeaser of terrorists.)

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at April 7, 2007 10:59 AM

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