The Administrations Latest Display of Hypocrisy
The White House criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her decisionto travel to Syria. State Department spokesman Sean McCormick told reporters onFriday "In our view, it is not the right time to have these sort ofhigh-profile visitors to Syria," As reported by
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the speaker "should take astep back and think about the message that it sends".
"This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, onethat is trying to disrupt the Saniora government in Lebanon and one that isallowing foreign fighters to flow into Iraq from its borders," Perino said.Fuad Saniora is prime minister of Lebanon.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "probably really wants people to come,and have a photo opportunity, and have tea with him, and have discussions aboutwhere they're coming from. But we just think it's a really bad idea,"Perino said.
Now let's see if there is any hypocrisy by theadministration with this issue.
Others traveling with Pelosi were Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison ofMinnesota, Henry Waxman and Tom Lantos of California, Louise Slaughter of NewYork and Nick Rahall of West Virginia, and Ohio Republican David Hobson.Ellison is the first Muslim member of Congress.
In the Huffington Post story
"It's interesting because three of our colleagues, who are all Republicans,were in Syria yesterday and I didn't hear the White House speaking out aboutthat," Pelosi said, referring to the Sunday meeting of Reps. Frank Wolf,Joe Pitts and Robert Aderholt with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.
Lastnight on Hannity & Colmes, Alan Colmes confronted guest Newt Gingrich aboutthe double standard, and in Newt's well honed political way answered that she isthe third in line for the presidency, and said the White House didn't ask therepublicans not to visit, but would have stood by that decision if they did.Nice try Newt. The video can be seen over at our friends
The administration isn't doing such a bang up job in the diplomacy dept. and if thedemocrats have to make some unpopular decisions to take some matters into theirown hands, then all I can say is they're doing what we asked them to do in November, and the Iraq Study Group recommended that we speak with Syria.