The Washington Post on Nancy's "diplomacy"

(Speaker of the House is not a cabinet-level office.)

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The Washington Post is not the New York Times and has an oft rational editorial board governed by their view of the national interest, which, though sometimes disagreeable, is not a governed by simple-minded, anti-Republican bitterness. They are not knee-jerk Nancy supporters in the face of whatever idiocy the gal perpetrates.

To wit, we have today's Post editorial:

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HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad. After a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Ms. Pelosi announced that she had delivered a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "Israel was ready to engage in peace talks" with Syria. What's more, she added, Mr. Assad was ready to "resume the peace process" as well. Having announced this seeming diplomatic breakthrough, Ms. Pelosi suggested that her Kissingerian shuttle diplomacy was just getting started. "We expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria," she said.

Only one problem: The Israeli prime minister entrusted Ms. Pelosi with no such message. "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.

Okay, the paper acknowledges that they "have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush's military strategy and regional diplomacy," but they refer to Nancy's bumbling attempts to be something more than a Congress critter from the fringe left elevated to Speaker to be "counterproductive" and "foolish."

Nancy's first premise is that Junior Assad only wants to get along with the thuggish Bush Administration and can be trusted to honestly seek world peace and the hopes enshrined in the Kyoto Protocol (or whatever). Nancy second premise is that Israel should sacrifice some security to the "higher goal" of global happiness in a global meadow with pastel colors, a Chichester Canal, built between to bloody seas of Rovian reality.

Nancy's dream world. She's the woman who, with her equally naïve and lightweight buddies, seeks to manage the conduct of the war in Iraq, the Greater War on Terror, and the means by which we secure our nation and its interests from an enemy who would sooner we all were headless. Including Nancy.

This is serious stuff, not a game of harpooning the national interests for political points. If politicians with Nancy's mindset can ban Jarts, can't these folks agree to concentrate on their silly hearings and leave diplomacy to the diplomats?

The WashPost editorial should be read. They have a point, you know.

Nancy was neither elected nationally nor confirmed by the Senate. She can and does not serve as Secretary of State.

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You'd almost think that people wanted to drop the subject, all of a sudden.

Can't imagine why.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC.

Here you see an illustration of the results of diplomacy when the "diplomat" does not believe that our enemies could possibly be more evil and/or dangerous than our President.

Pelosi: "I come in peace! Speaking of peace, Ehud Olmert told me he wants to tear down the West Bank Barrier and make you mayor of Tel Aviv."

Assad: "Where have you naughty Americans been? We made baklava for Bush, but Harry Reid told me your King was too busy plotting the next 9/11."

Pelosi: "Bush's Kung Fu is weak. Did I mention that Olmert enjoys doing the al-Samah while reading the Koran?"

Assad: "Make IUDs, not IEDS."

Pelosi: "Let's make beautiful peace together, Assad."

Assad: "Kindly put on this burqa while I cleane my eyes with bleach."

"We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged." - Colonel Henry Knox

Pelosi should sue the plastic surgeon that pushed a botox needle too deep into her forehead, and destroyed those few brain cells she had left.

Thanks for undoing 6 years of painstaking efforts to isolate the murderers in Damascus you idiot..

United States Air Force

But forget about the death's head chic.

Nancy Pelosi is a conniving idiot without brains, but with a lot of Italian chutzpah. Stick-insect boy-Assad is a liar and a murderer of Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon.

Plus the dodo from the City on the Bay misrepresents Israel's position. But no one except delusional agit-preppies take her seriously.

The Democrats are apparently incapable of running a foreign policy---though that doesn't stop antics by Logan Act offenders---and should at all costs be kept from the Oval Office. Jimmy Carter is the biggest proof of this, but Clinton ain't far behind, as Sandy Berger tried to cover up with his botched document destruction. Clinton has a lot to hide.

And the Peter Principle has proved itself in Pelosi's case when she kept her high-IQ rival Jane Harmon out of the Intel Cte Chair cuz Jane had lotsa brains and Nancy don't. Ditto her preference for delirium-tremens victim Murtha over Steny Hoyer for Whip.

Gresham's Law works overtime in the Dem Caucus and the Dem leadership is in a race to the bottom.

How long the MSM will applaud NP's incompetent pratfalls remains the queston. The WaPo has some residual integrity, but the NYT and LAT lag behind in this respect.

Great post, and major kudos to the WaPo editorial board for having the intellectual honesty to take a fellow traveler to task over such a bone-headed move. But I do have one minor quibble. enemy who would sooner we all were headless. Including Nancy.

I actually think that bin Laden and other committed Islamists would prefer to see Nancy Pelosi alive and in charge of an American dhimmitude rather than headless. She can't kiss their butts if she's dead.

She is getting blasted everywhere by just about everybody. By CNN. Now by the WSJ and USA Today.

Only people praising her are the nuts over at DailyKos and MediaMatters

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