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

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.


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.