“Sonny” Pelosi, Redux

Here’s what our friends at Power Line have to say about “Sonny” Pelosi’s trip to the Middle East.
‘We have pointed out that Speaker Pelosi’s attempts at diplomacy in the Middle East haven’t received good reviews from the Israelis or, here at home, from even the Washington Post. However, according to WorldNetDaily, she’s big hit with terrorists. It reports, for example, that Khaled Al-Batch, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad, expressed hope that Pelosi would continue winning elections, and added that her Damascus visit demonstrated she understands the Middle East. Similarly, Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip, said the willingness by U.S. lawmakers to talk with Syria “is proof of the importance of the resistance against the U.S.” To this terrorist, then, Pelosi’s visit is a reward for making war on the U.S. and its allies.
Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, was also quite impressed with Pelosi. He said, “I think it’s very nice and I think it’s much better when you sit face to face and talk to Assad. It’s a very good idea. I think she is brave and hope all the people will support her. All the American people must make peace with Syria and Iran and with Hamas. Why not?”‘
Power Line is a conservative blog, but the Washington Post, not exactly a pro-Bush paper, seems to share Power Line’s disdain for the Speaker’s attempt at diplomacy.
‘”We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.
Never mind that that statement is ludicrous: As any diplomat with knowledge of the region could have told Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Assad is a corrupt thug whose overriding priority at the moment is not peace with Israel but heading off U.N. charges that he orchestrated the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. The really striking development here is the attempt by a Democratic congressional leader to substitute her own foreign policy for that of a sitting Republican president. Two weeks ago Ms. Pelosi rammed legislation through the House of Representatives that would strip Mr. Bush of his authority as commander in chief to manage troop movements in Iraq. Now she is attempting to introduce a new Middle East policy that directly conflicts with that of the president. We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush’s military strategy and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi’s attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.’
Foolish indeed. I wonder: does anyone think that Ms. Pelosi has ever even perused The Federalist?

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17 years ago

Pelosi’s visit shows why we have a State Department.
But Americans also need to remember that while we are allies with Israel, their agenda and the US agenda are not always the same.

17 years ago

Anthony is correct that the agenda of Israel and the United States do not always converge.
Stipulating the good intentions of Mrs. Pelosi and pretending for the moment that she did not overstep her constitutional role, a minimal requirement of shuttle diplomacy is the correct hearing and conveyance of messages between the parties. Mrs. Pelosi failed to clear even this low hurdle.
Democrats can give up the belated attempt to reframe her actions as the carrying out of the Baker Iraq report. Mrs. Pelosi’s clumsy, self aggrandizing conduct on the trip does not correlate.

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