Sen. Lieberman condemned Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria, calling it “bad for the United States of America” and “good for the Syrians.” Lieberman went on to talk about Syria’s support of terrorism throughout the Middle East, including Iraq. Liebs doesn’t seem to agree with Pelosi’s notion that “the road to peace goes through Damascus.”
BLITZER: What about Senator Lieberman? What do you think?
LIEBERMAN: I respectfully and strongly disagree with Arlen Specter and with Nancy Pelosi. I believe her visit to Syria was a mistake, that it was bad for the United States of America and good for the Syrians. And I say this because Syria — we’re in a war. We’re in a war against the Islamist terrorists who attacked us on 9/11/01. Syria is a state sponsor of terrorism.
BLITZER: But they had nothing to do with 9/11.
LIEBERMAN: They have — let me tell what you they have got to do with what we’re into now. The Bashar Assad Syrian government has allowed terrorists and arms to flow across its country into Iraq that are being used to kill Americans today.
Syria has been implicated in the assassination of a very strong, popular Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Syria is supporting Hezbollah which is trying to unseat our ally, Siniora, in Lebanon. Syria is supporting the terrorist group Hamas against our allies in the Fatah Palestinian movement and, of course, Israel. The administration, in all fairness — people in Washington should know, if they don’t know, that the administration has been trying in many ways, in diplomatic discussions with Syria since 9/11, to get Assad to change his behavior and he has not. When Nancy Pelosi goes there, she sends a message of disunity. She legitimizes the Syrian government.