Speaker Pelosi: "Our Message Helped President Bush"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, deflecting White House criticism of her trip to Syria, said Friday she thinks the mission helped President Bush because it showed the United States is unified against terrorism despite being divided over the Iraq war…
“Our message was President Bush’s message,” Pelosi said in a phone interview with The Associated Press from Portugal, where she stopped briefly en route back to the United States.
“The funny thing is, I think we may have even had a more powerful impact with our message because of the attention that was called to our trip,” the California Democrat said. “It became clear to President Assad that even though we have our differences in the United States, there is no division between the president and the Congress and the Democrats on the message we wanted him to receive.”
This is what President Bush said three days ago about Pelosi’s trip to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Assad:
THE PRESIDENT: We have made it clear to high-ranking officials, whether they be Republicans or Democrats, that going to Syria sends mixed signals — signals in the region and, of course, mixed signals to President Assad. And by that, I mean, photo opportunities and/or meetings with President Assad lead the Assad government to believe they’re part of the mainstream of the international community, when, in fact, they’re a state sponsor of terror; when, in fact, they’re helping expedite — or at least not stopping the movement of foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq; when, in fact, they have done little to nothing to rein in militant Hamas and Hezbollah; and when, in fact, they destabilize the Lebanese democracy.
There have been a lot of people who have gone to see President Assad — some Americans, but a lot of European leaders and high-ranking officials. And yet we haven’t seen action. In other words, he hasn’t responded. It’s one thing to send a message; it’s another thing to have the person receiving the message actually do something. So the position of this administration is that the best way to meet with a leader like Assad or people from Syria is in the larger context of trying to get the global community to help change his behavior. But sending delegations hasn’t worked. It’s just simply been counterproductive.
HotAir has the video.
The Speaker did not bother to explain today how withdrawing from Iraq in the next 120 days, throwing out the Patriot Act, closing Guantanamo, or cozying up with the leaders of the Axis of Evil will help in the non-War on Terror.
Update: I took down the quote from Rep. Wolf who Haaretz reported was traveling with Rep. Pelosi. He was actually traveling with two other Republicans to Syria.
Jules Crittenden rounds up the latest Pelosi-palooza.
Thomas Lifson reported that Emilio Dabaul, an Arab-American with relatives in Syria, wrote a superb rebuke to Nancy Pelosi at American Congress for Truth.
He calls for prosecuting Pelosi for Treason.
Hat Tip Larwyn