Unilateral: Pelosi to meet with Assad next week in Syria; Update: “A really bad idea,” says White House

posted at 1:58 pm on March 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

This makes three prominent Democrats who have gone abroad to undermine our foreign policy in the past three months. Kerry’s done it twice, Dean-o’s boasted of having done it repeatedly, and now, by far and away the most high profile of the lot, Madam Speaker herself’s going to Damascus to meet with the proprietor of the launching pad for 85-90% of the suicide bombers in Iraq, according to the State Department’s estimation.

ABC News has learned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Syria next week to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The visit will make Pelosi the most senior U.S. official ever to meet with President Assad…

Pelosi’s visit to Syria would come as the United States has severed high-level contacts with Assad’s government…

Traveling with Pelosi will be Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Tom Lantos (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and David Hobson (R-OH).

Mind you, Assad and his terror apparatus are also the prime suspects in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, whose pro-western political heirs are currently deadlocked with Hezbollah in Lebanon. If she’s not loyal enough to her own country to refrain from handing one of its biggest enemies a propaganda windfall, you’d think she’d at least be decent enough not to legitimize a suspected killer under UN investigation by doing meet and greets with him.

Repulsive. As usual.

Exit question: Which Democratic presidential candidate will be the first to assume the position for Assad? It won’t be Hillary; she’s too consumed with projecting an image of toughness.

You know who it’ll be.

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Update: Oh, and lest I forget — David Hobson, the Republican member of Pelosi’s team, is a g-ddamned disgrace if he attends any meetings with Assad. And he’ll hear about it again on this site, at least, if he does.

Update: Perino lowers the boom.

“We don’t think it’s a good idea,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. “This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, one that is trying to disrupt the Siniora government in Lebanon and one that is allowing foreign fighters to flow into Iraq from its borders.”…

Pelosi was expected to visit Damascus and Beirut next week, but her office declined to comment on any travel plans beyond Israel…

“I’m not sure what she’s hoping to accomplish there, I know that Assad probably really loves people to come and have a photo opportunity and have tea with him and have discussions about where they’re coming from,” Perino said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“But we do think it’s a really bad idea,” she said.

Update: Al Jazeera’s making hay of it. Wonderful.


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In one breath she tells the president to calm down and “let us do our job”. Is foriegn relations/forieng policy the job of the House of Representatives???

I just can believe that our Republican representatives are so timid!!! They should be screaming bloody murder at Pelosi’s escapade. But we hear nothing from them. They cower in the corner and let the Dems walk all over Bush, our military and our country.

Makes me wonder who I can vote for. My voice is certainly am not being heard through my elected representatives.

Golfer_75093 on March 31, 2007 at 8:08 AM

I read the comments on this site every day. God Bless Michelle. I don’t post very many comments myself. I find myself compelled to on this story………..

Dear Nancy Pelosi,

This isn’t political. This is simply a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BAD IDEA!!!

A concerned U.S. Citizen

dddave on March 31, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Somewhere John Adams and Jefferson are spinning in their graves…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 31, 2007 at 8:52 AM

my stomach hurts

Ann on March 31, 2007 at 9:45 AM

Another reason to purchase property in Costa Rica.

So what if Iran’s wacky mullahs decideds that 15 British sailors are not a strong enough bargining chip to entice a US/ British first strike that they are so eanestly begging for? Let say they grab Pelosi, and hold her hostage for US withdrawl. Too far fetched? It would roil both branches of our govt at a low cost to Iran. I have absolutly NO DOUBT Assad’s invitation was instigateded by Iran, and was the result of serious multi dimensional game play, based on Bush’s psych profile response and that of the American MSM.

Iran wants to be hit, Iran wants to muck with American, especailly psych- ops aimed at the anti-war Democrats in Congress. This is their golden oppertunity to bring the 12th Imam. April could be come too interesting for many American’s.

Da Bear

ursa5000 on March 31, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Iran has no interest in being attacked, they just want to force the price of oil up.

There economy is crappy… without at least $65 a barrel they cannot sustain minimum standards.

They have calculated that America (with our Defeatocrats) and Britain (Blair has a scandal and is on his way out) will NOT attack. Russia has been bought and paid for… France will surrender as usual… China is sitting this one out (and needs the oil).

They have calculated that they can play this long enough to help their economy….

BUT, I did see an encouraging sight… went to Moab in Utah last weekend, and the I-70 corridor through Colorado’s mountains are CROWDED with new drilling rigs… rigs that have not been there before….

Romeo13 on March 31, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Is there a federal prosecutor with the Malkins to take Blinky’s acceptance of Assad’s invitation as reason to take this to a Grand Jury?

“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof,”

That wording suggests she’s already violated 18 USC 953 without even getting on the plane.

The Monster on March 31, 2007 at 11:31 AM

That wording suggests she’s already violated 18 USC 953 without even getting on the plane.

The Monster on March 31, 2007 at 11:31 AM

If, and I say -if- she was given authority to proceed with her proposal during the briefing by the Department of State, it is not likely there is a valid argument for punitive action.

News2Use on March 31, 2007 at 11:47 AM

I never understood Congressional junkets or “fact finding missions” in foreign countries. No member of congress was appointed as an ambassador and they should not act as if being elected to serve a federal district or a sate gives them the ultimate authority which surpasses even that of the president. Member’s of congress were not elected as foreign ambassador or as the president and should not be traveling to other countries in an attempt to dictate foreign policy.

The members of congress needs to remember that we elect members of the House to represent each federal district and we elect members of the Senate to represent each state. We do not elect them to represent the country as a whole as we elect a President for that. These people need to get back to their jobs in congress representing their appropriate districts and states and let the President represent the country, that’s why we elected him. If they want to represent the country then they should run for President.

RedinBlueCounty on March 31, 2007 at 12:30 PM

So, why don’t we arrest and charge these democrat traitors with treason and run them through the Nation’s court system? Let a jury of their peers decide what ought be done with these traitors. It’s more than obvious to any real American when they openly practice sedition, but naturally, the GOP sits back and lets them get away with it, thus empowering them to become more and more bold in their idiocy.

NRA4Freedom on March 31, 2007 at 2:13 PM

am getting sick and tired of pelosi and co. thinking they were elected president. These congresspeople should not be allowed to meet with rogue nations behind the president’s back. They are selling out our country.

Highrise on March 30, 2007 at 2:29 PM

You about said it all Highrise. This is a act of treason and these anti-ameri(k)a scum ought to be ousted for this attack against our President and our country.

auspatriotman on March 31, 2007 at 2:14 PM

Let say they grab Pelosi, and hold her hostage for US withdrawl.

Iran might be dumb but they ain’t stupid! They know we’d hope they would well, you know… Come’no dinnerjacket, make our day!

auspatriotman on March 31, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Among other things, Pelosi’s on a fishing expedition… for campaign contributions.

She’ll get ‘em, too.

petefrt on March 31, 2007 at 2:39 PM

For those citing the Logan act, here’s an interesting document from the Congressional Research Center:

Conducting Foreign Relations Without Authority: The Logan Act

Please note the opinion on page 12 referencing a trip to Cuba by Senators McGovern and Sparkman.

Of course, I’m not a lawyer, but it appears to me that no matter how repugnant Pelosi’s trip may be, the Logan act may not apply unless she makes deals with Assad that haven’t been blessed by the State Dept.

Not defending what she’s doing – I think it’s wrong for her to go as it undermines the Executive Branch’s constitutional responsibilities. Just saying that Logan may not apply.

LB - the one that isn't LaShawn Barber on March 31, 2007 at 3:38 PM

any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States,

Hmmm… seems a common reading of this means that if Pelosi goes over to influence THEM without permision, then its covered under the Logan act. Its not just about cutting deals, it specificaly says INFLUENCE, even attempted influence.

Romeo13 on March 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

Ephialtes Lives!

She won’t let the house speak in support because the situation is tenuous…but has no problem opening her traitorous mouth against our president.

tomas on March 31, 2007 at 5:42 PM

Forget the Logan Act … we can’t even get this DOJ to investigate leaks of national security secrets.

La La La … the democrats dance for joy … they are virtually untouchable by the spineless in this administration.

darwin on March 31, 2007 at 9:21 PM

Forget the Logan Act … we can’t even get this DOJ to investigate leaks of national security secrets.

La La La … the democrats dance for joy … they are virtually untouchable by the spineless in this administration.

darwin on March 31, 2007 at 9:21 PM

Yeah, you’re probably right. Pelosi thinks the 2006 election has given her carte blanche to do as she pleases. I hope the shark bites her in the a$$ as she tries to jump it.

csdeven on April 1, 2007 at 12:36 AM

Tar.
Feathers.
Rail.
Stock.
Dunking chair.
In that order.

Limerick on April 1, 2007 at 2:02 AM

Please note the opinion on page 12 referencing a trip to Cuba by Senators McGovern and Sparkman

…which referred to them interceding on behalf of Tiant, which the second paragraph of 18 USC 953 says is OK. If a US citizen has a personal beef with a foreign government, they’re allowed to use that government’s process for resolving it.

In this case, there is no such safe harbor for the junketeers. They aren’t trying to persuade Syria to be nice to a US citizen. If this isn’t a violation of 18 USC 953, what the hell is?

The Monster on April 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM

So which party will wear the moniker “Confederacy” when the country finally wises up and decides to split itself in two?

Viper1 on April 1, 2007 at 2:18 PM

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