Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's pilgrimage to Syria has now drawn the ridicule of the editorial board at the Washington Post. "Pratfall in Damascus...Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy".
Pelosi's outrageous attempt to glorify herself and her position as Speaker of the House seems to be backfiring. A liberal democrat has to do something pretty stupid to get such harsh criticism from the Washington Post. The editorial even drew a favorable (to Republicans) distinction between Pelosi's trip and that of three Republicans.
.......those other congressmen didn't try to introduce a new U.S. diplomatic initiative in the Middle East. "We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.
As for Pelosi's message from Israel to Syria, she apparently screwed that up:
"What was communicated to the U.S. House Speaker does not contain any change in the policies of Israel," said a statement quickly issued by the prime minister's office. In fact, Mr. Olmert told Ms. Pelosi that "a number of Senate and House members who recently visited Damascus received the impression that despite the declarations of Bashar Assad, there is no change in the position of his country regarding a possible peace process with Israel." In other words, Ms. Pelosi not only misrepresented Israel's position but was virtually alone in failing to discern that Mr. Assad's words were mere propaganda.
This is what happens when hatred of the President overrides all other considerations. Pelosi was determined to upstage and embarrass President Bush and she ended up making a complete fool of herself to the point even the Washington Post couldn't ignore it.
The really striking development here is the attempt by a Democratic congressional leader to substitute her own foreign policy for that of a sitting Republican president......
We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush's military strategy and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi's attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.