Remembering Nancy Pelosi’s Syria Junket (COMMENTARY MAGAZINE) Michael Rubin 04/02/12)
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Five years ago this coming Wednesday, House Majority leader Nancy
Pelosi defied President Bush’s request and his strategy isolating
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad by going to Damascus. “We do not
encourage and, in fact, we discourage members of Congress to make
such visits to Syria,” the White House spokesman said. “This is a
country that is a state sponsor of terror.”
Pelosi would have none of that. She had known evil and to her, he
resided in the White House. The Syrian dictator, however, was a
reforming, Western educated eye doctor. Bilateral problems might be
real, but they might be resolved through dialogue. “We came in
friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road
to peace,” she told reporters.
The Syrian regime used her meeting to its full propaganda advantage.
After concluding his meeting with Pelosi, Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid al-Moallem, said, “These people in the United States who are
opposing dialogue I tell them one thing: Dialogue is … the only
method to close the gap existing between two countries.” Meanwhile,
unbeknownst to Pelosi, Syrian officers and North Korean scientists
scrambled to put the finishing touches on a covert nuclear facility,
and Syrian dissidents dove for cover, interpreting correctly that
Assad would interpret the end of America’s isolation of Assad as a
green light for murder. Assad, in hindsight, welcomed Pelosi not as a
politician with whom to have sincere dialogue, but rather as a useful
idiot who might help relieve him of international pressure.
Five years later, Bashar al-Assad has not changed and, alas, neither
has Nancy Pelosi.
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