To say she's audacious is to be kind. She's in Syria today to speak with Bashar Assad, the president of Syria, in direct opposition to President Bush, who is the only one who can set our country's foreign policy. When President Bush criticized Pelosi, she thumbed her nose at him in return:
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured Damascus on Tuesday, the highest- ranking American politician to visit Syria since relations began to deteriorate four years ago. President Bush criticized the trip, saying it sends mixed signals to President Bashar Assad.
The United States accuses Syria of interfering in Iraq and Lebanon and sponsoring terrorists--charges Syria denies. The Bush administration has resisted calls to open direct talks with Damascus on resolving the countries' disputes.
In Washington, Bush said visits to Syria by u.S. officials were "counterproductive."
"A lot of people have gone to see President Assad ... and yet we haven't seen action. He hasn't responded," he said at a Rose Garden news conference.
He said Assad had not reined in violent elements of militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah as requested by the international community and had acted to destabilize the democratically elected government of Lebanon.
"Sending delegations doesn't work. It's simply been counterproductive," Bush said.
Pelosi has shrugged off the criticism, pointing out that Republican members of Congress have also visited Syria. During a visit to neighboring Lebanon Monday, she said she considers the visits to be an "excellent idea" and was hopeful of rebuilding lost confidence between Washington and Damascus.
Speaker Pelosi's visit to Syria carries a lot more weight than those of random Senators because she's right behind Vice President Cheney for the presidency, and she knows it. She and the Democrats have decided that they don't like President Bush's policy regarding Syria, so the they have decided to conduct their own foreign policy.
Update: Thomas Sowell's article at RealClearPolitics is a must read. The article is filled with so many truths, I am quoting heavily from it:
Congressman Tom Lantos, who is a member of the delegation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading to Syria, put the mission clearly when he said: "We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy."
So a Democrat admits it. Pelosi and the Democrats are purposefully defying not only President Bush but the US Constitution as well.
Democrats can have any foreign policy they want -- if and when they are elected to the White House.
Until Nancy Pelosi came along, it was understood by all that we had only one president at a time and -- like him or not -- he alone had the Constitutional authority to speak for this country to foreign nations, especially in wartime.
Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Democrats are stepping in to carry out their own foreign policy and even their own military policy on troop deployment -- all the while denying that they are intruding on the president's authority.
So much hate has been hyped against George W. Bush that anything that is done against him is unlikely to be questioned in most of the media.
But whatever passing damage is being done to George W. Bush is a relatively minor concern compared to the lasting damage that is being done to the presidency as an institution that will still be here when George W. Bush is gone.
Once it becomes accepted that it is all right to violate both the laws and the traditions of this nation, and to undermine the ability of the United States to speak to other nations of the world with one voice, we will have taken another fateful step downward into the degeneration of this society.
I don't know which is more infuriating, the fact that the Democrats have set up an alternative government and have decided to ignore and circumvent President Bush altogether or that the MSM aren't batting at eye as they watch the Democrats shred the United States Constitution.