The Lady Speaks

Condi’s Taking a Little Trip

Our Secretary of State is heading to Syria, to talk to Syrian leaders.

From the Associated Press:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syria’s foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said.

But a substantive meeting between the United States and Iran — another staunch U.S. Mideast foe — appeared less certain.

“We expect that there will be a discussion between Secretary of State Rice and the Syrian foreign minister about Iraqi security issues,” said a senior State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was still being arranged.

Of course, the Republicans are up in arms over the idea of a government official talking to “an known state-sponsor” of terrorism. On the airwaves and in the blogs, their indignation knows no bounds:

From the New York Times:

The Bush administration has resisted significant contact with the Syrian government, accusing it of meddling in Lebanon, supporting terrorism and being unhelpful on Iraq.

“We don’t think it’s a good idea,” said the White House deputy press secretary, Dana Perino, of the Congressional visit. “We think that someone should take a step back and think about the message that it sends.”

From Scared Monkeys:

But […] to go Syria in the midst of this battle over troop funding has to teeter on the edge of treason. We know that Syria is one of our enemy’s in the Middle East supplying aid and supplies to the enemy. They are not an ally in the region but a hostile combatant. For someone of her political stature to go and have meetings with them will empower an entity actively working against our military.

From Sister Toldjah:

My question is: Why not send Senator Jay Rockefeller? He’s already admitted to visiting Syria at least once since Bush has been president, back in January 2002, in order to alert the Syrian ‘head of state’ of his belief about the President’s war plans as they related to Iraq. Hell, he can’t do any more damage this time around than he already has, and he certainly can’t do any worse than the current bunch who will be heading over there next week.

From the NY Times, again:

At the White House, President Bush criticized Ms. Pelosi’s visit, saying it sent mixed signals to the Middle East and to President Bashar’s government.

“Sending delegations hasn’t worked,” Mr. Bush told reporters. “It’s just simply been counterproductive.”

From F-xN-ws:

An apparently botched message during a widely discouraged visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Syria this week has U.S. officials criticizing rogue efforts at diplomacy among U.S. politicians.

State Department officials said Thursday they made it quite clear they did not want Pelosi to visit Syria, a nation that is listed as a state sponsor of terror and is home to terror group Hezbollah, which started a low-grade war with Israel last summer.

Hey…wait a minute! Ummm, hang on while I rummage through Google….checking, checking….

Uhhhh, yeah. Disregard this post as it seems none of El Pollo Loco’s hardcore 25% is complaining about Secretary Rice going to Damascus.

Guess this is just another one of those “Do as we say, not as we do” moments in a presidency proudly sponsored by Halliburton, Big Pharma, and Big Oil.


May 3, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Conservatives, State Dept

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