April 5, 2007

TOM LANTOS MUST BE SO PROUD OF HIMSELF AND HIS PARTY:

Pratfall in Damascus: Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy (Washington Post, April 5, 2007)

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.


You wouldn't expect Ms Pelosi to have any more sense than this, but Congressman Lantos ought to have known better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2007 1:29 PM
Comments

Thank heavens Prime Minister Pelosi is on the job!

Posted by: Dave W at April 5, 2007 6:52 PM

She must think that Parliamentary Supremacy is an American concept.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2007 7:42 AM
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