Repubs Visiting Syria Too

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, The War On Terrorism, The World

White House Spokesman Dana Perino dissed Pelosi about her visit to Syria yesterday, and now Bush has done the same today.


Perino’s remarks come as a group of Republican lawmakers has embarked on their own trip to Syria. Michael Lowry, a spokesman for Representative Robert Aderholt, said that the Alabama lawmaker will visit Syria as part of a Republican delegation led by Representative Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican. Wolf is the top Republican on the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department.

Well, you don’t say?

And by the way, Rep. David Hobson (R-OH) will be part of Pelosi’s trip.

Apparently, Nancy is carrying a message from Israel in hopes of avoiding a conflict with Syria.

From Haaretz:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who visited IDF forces in the North last week, heard an intelligence assessment and was informed of the dangers of a Syrian “miscalculation.”

Following his visit to the forces in the field, a decision was made to publicly address the concerns of a possible deterioration with the Syrians, and to send a message that Israel has no intention of attacking Syria, nor is there any coordinated plan with the U.S. for a joint attack against Iran.

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus today, and will deliver a message of calm from Israel.

“We hope the message will be understood,” political sources in Israel said yesterday. “The question is whether Assad is looking for an excuse … so that he can carry out an attack against Israel in the summer, or whether this is a mistaken assessment.”

I wonder if Bush’s tune would be different if he knew this.

Or did he know this already and decided to lay into Pelosi anyway?

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11 Responses to “Repubs Visiting Syria Too”

  1. Glen Wishard Says:


    No, I’m not angry because Nancy Pelosi has gone to Syria. Lots of people have gone to Syria.

    I’m angry because Nancy Pelosi has gone to Syria AND PUT A GODDAMN SCARF ON HER GODDAMN HEAD.

    I’m sick and tired of seeing these people bend over for sexist-fascist Islamist chic. Unbelievable. Unbelievable. UN-F****G-BELIEVABLE.

    I hope every woman in the West is taking a good long look at the future that is being prepared for them.

  2. Abu Nudnki Says:

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But this ain’t Rome. And both parties are wrong to go there. Pelosi though, has the higher profile and therefore the White House is correct.

  3. Monica Says:

    I’d like to think that the two branches (Bush & Pelosi) were working together to play good cop/bad cop with Syria. Unfortunately I don’t think either are that bright and I just don’t see the two parties working together like that – and that’s really depressing.

    Glen – I agree with you about the headscarf. Yuck.

  4. Dyre42 Says:

    It’s interesting that Conservative Radio/TV personality Gelnn Beck neglected to mention this fact on his shows. I assume other pundits of the same vein did likewise.

    As for Pelosi and the headscarf maybe she’s trying to hide one of her pairs of eyebrows ( both of which look drawn on).

  5. dj Says:

    For chrissakes, if it’s so wrong for her to go there and don a headscarf, then it’s wrong for any of them to go there and show respect for the culture. Period.


  6. dj Says:

    If it’s so wrong for her to go there and don a headscarf, then it’s wrong for any of them to go there and show respect for the culture. Period.


  7. DosPeros Says:

    I’m extremely happy Nancy has put on the hijab. It’s about 60 years too late and, unfortunately, she has already offended God to the point that he ordered Albert Speer to design her a hellish bungalow on the 9th rung. Anyway, could be so lucky that she keeps it on when she gets backs – or maybe she falls madly in love with a Syrian – echos of Layli and Madjnun.

  8. Glen Wishard Says:

    dj, what in blazes are you talking about?

    Here’s what I’m talking about, since you don’t seem to get it: There is nothing wrong with showing respect for someone’s culture, but not for “culture” that is anathema to your own principles. The hijab is the yellow star of the Muslim woman under Shariah; the visible symbol of her chattel status – her social, legal, and spiritual subordination. It makes no difference how many women willingly wear it, because under Islamist tyranny ALL women are required to wear it or face arrest or physical attack, even death. For a female leader of this nation to happily put that thing on is obscene.

    Likewise I have no respect for Islamists who complain that an unbeliever touched their Koran at Gitmo. They object to this because it is their belief that non-Muslims are filthy and unclean. If “respect for the culture” requires that I regard myself as unclean, then they can shove that culture up their ass sideways and twist it. And their hijab along with it. Do you understand how I feel now?

    Who’s the hypocrite, dj? Could it be a politician who would address a women’s conference one day and kiss up to Islamist creeps the next?

  9. DosPeros Says:

    Oh, I just saw Nancy’s head scarf – that is beautiful – seriously. What is that…silk and the warm automnal prints…can you imagine…against the golden desert sunset…divine. Maternal, magical, mystical and all Muslim woman. I bet Assad was thing Muslim GILF all the way.

  10. DosMundos Says:

    Glen’s got it right.

    If the local custom was that women must wear chains around their neck and wrists, I doubt that visiting congresswomen would do so. Congressmen don’t wear traditional Saudi dress when they visit that country, even though it is certainly local custom.

    Pelosi should have gone as she is.

  11. DosPeros Says:

    Nancy Pelosi should consult with a lawyer prior to her “amateur effort at shuttle diplomacy” (h/t Adler at Volokh C.) She violated the Logan Act. I say prosecute the bitch to the tilt.

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