Tuesday, April 03, 2007


This article was in the Sunday DMN. Not a large article. Buried in the middle of the front section. And honestly, I can’t say why I even read it. But, as usual when dealing with D.C. and politics, one side has to criticize the other, the other responds and it is all ado about nothing.

The Speaker of the House, while on a trip to the Middle East, is going to stop in Syria. According to the Speaker’s office:

“As recommended by the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan delegation led by Speaker Pelosi intends to discuss a wide range of security issues affecting the United States and the Middle East with representatives of governments in the region, including Syria”

The White House doesn’t like this idea. Per WH spokeswoman Dana Perino, speaking about the Speaker’s visit, called it “a really bad idea". She added:

“Someone should take a step back and think about the message that it sends and the message that it sends to our allies."

All fine and good, except (per the DMN article):

“Democrats were quick to point out that Ms. Perino did not speak out about a Syrian trip planned for next week by a Republican-led delegation.”

So…is the problem the trip itself, or that is being led, while bipartisan, by a Democrat? A Democrat that happens to be the Speaker of the House.

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