Friday, April 06, 2007

Nancy Pelosi had some company on her MidEast trip - CAIR's own congressman

Nancy Pelosi addressing the Saudis accompanied by CAIR’s own congressman, former Nation of Islam member Keith Ellison.

The dinosaur media isn't publicizing it in the least, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's traveling companion on her recent trip was none other than CAIR's own man in Congress, Keith Ellison (d-MN).

You may draw your own conclusions, given the financial support CAIR gets from the Saudis and the UAE.

Needless to say, Pelosi is working overtime to try and justify her meeting with the fascist leader of Syria, Basher Assad and other questionable figures in the region. She actually had the outright nerve to respond to president Bush's highly justified criticism of her undercutting of US policy by saying that her Mideast trip strengthened ties with Syria!

Let's digest that for a moment - strengthening US ties with Syria....!!!!

Lebanon's Daily Star, which is hardly a friend of President Bush had this to say about Pelosi's trip in an editorial entitled "When a dilettante takes on Hizbullah "

'We can thank the US speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for having informed Syrian President Basher Assad, from Beirut, that "the road to solving Lebanon's problems passes through Damascus." Now, of course, all we need to do is remind Pelosi that the spirit and letter of successive United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as Saudi and Egyptian efforts in recent weeks, have been destined to ensure precisely the opposite: that Syria end its meddling in Lebanese affairs.

Pelosi embarked on a fool's errand to Damascus this week, and among the issues she said she would raise with Assad - when she wasn't on the Lady Hester Stanhope tour in the capital of imprisoned dissidents Aref Dalila, Michel Kilo, and Anwar Bunni - is "the role of Syria in supporting Hamas and Hizbullah." What the speaker doesn't seem to have realized is that if Syria is made an obligatory passage in American efforts to address the Lebanese crisis, then Hizbullah will only gain. Once Assad is re-anointed gatekeeper in Lebanon, he will have no incentive to concede anything, least of all to dilettantes like Pelosi, on an organization that would be Syria's enforcer in Beirut if it could re-impose its hegemony over its smaller neighbor.'


`Perhaps Pelosi and other foreign officials will understand this simple equation one day, after again failing to persuade Assad to sell Hizbullah out. Unfortunately, foreign bigwigs come to town, their domestic calculations in hand; then they leave, and we're left picking up the pieces. '

Pelosi's trip, and her attempt to `conduct diplomacy' was not only silly, but blatently unconstitutional. Not that she's likely to get called on it, given the current political climate.

In the cultural lexicon of the Arab World, an `envoy' from America to a country like Syria that the US has hostile relations with is a sign of submission and retreat. And it does indeed send `mixed signals' to both our friends and our enemies in the region, as President Bush said. Not to mention the mesage sent to the Arab world when the leader of the opposition party - and a woman - openly defies President Bush and essentially conducts diplomacy on her own.

Only a foolish and naive person with an inflated sense of herself would have proceeded in this fashion, in a clear elevation of her own ego over the good of her country.

Sorry, but it still amazes me that someone this clueless and appeasement minded occupies the position she does and is allowed to get away with nonsense like this.

Hattip to Charles at lgf


Anonymous said...

What concerns me is not so much the fact that she went to Syria, but the fact that she went there covered in a headscarf. This may seem like a small thing to the average American, but the Arab world will remember this sign of submission by a major American politician long after Bush is gone. This will be far more damaging to our interests in the region than her faux-plomacy.

If I was a woman, I would never humiliate myself like that. I merely disagreed with Pelosi's visit to Syria, but I lost all respect for her because of the way she presented herself.

Anonymous said...

Nancy Pelosi has violated the Logan Act and should be punished accordingly. Of course our Attorney General will be unable to do anything because of his weak standing.