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Bush Still Fuming Over Pelosi Diplomacy

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Posted on Apr 4, 2007
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The White House has continued to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, while ignoring an earlier trip by a Republican congressional delegation. The speaker’s office maintains that it is worth meeting with “every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq.”


BBC:

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she continues a visit to Syria that has angered the White House.

President George W. Bush has said her visit undermines U.S. foreign policy.

Ms. Pelosi brushed off criticism, saying dialogue with Syria was key to solving the Iraq and Lebanon crises.

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By John, April 14, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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I have voted in every election since I was 18….local state and national.  I don’t recall ever voting for Nancy for any thing and I certainly don’t recall her receiving the support of the American people to go and represent us to foreign governments such as Syria.  Her role as the Speaker of the House does not entitle her to speak on behalf of the United States of American nor does it entitle her to negotiate with foreign governments without the support of the Exective branch.  She was not sent by the Exective branch, she was not elected to high office by the American people.  She represents the state of California.

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By trantieungoc, April 5, 2007 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment
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NANCY PELOSI FOR PRESIDENT !

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By jmd28, April 4, 2007 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
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Pelosi’s recent trip to Syria was publicly critisized by Bush, saying it sent “mixed signals” that undermined US-led efforts… Bush continues to send mixed messages to the public, which anger people like myself for similar reasons. One issue he’s repeatedly ignored to bring attention to are the Millennium Development Goals- goals that were agreed by 191 world leaders to eliminate extreme global poverty by 2025-although he has mentioned the importance of fulfilling these goals. While he claims to be improving crisis situations around the world I am not seeing a success where it is needed most.

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By jeffrey, April 4, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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Who’s being underminded? simply put, gwb believes he’s being underminded,,and you know how much he hates that. remember he’s the decider

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By Mad As Hell, April 4, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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I LOVE it when a plan comes together!

Isn’t it amazing how every reich-wing troll can’t wait to invent ficticious “Constitutional” reasons why only Democrats “can’t” do this?  It’s OK for Re-thug Congressmen, but not the Speaker of the House.

VP Darth Cheney growls “there’s only one Commander-in-Chief, not 535”.  That’s in his version of the Constitution—the one that does NOT list Congress’s power to enact any and all legislation over the President’s veto.  That’s also the same version that only recognizes Congress’s right to REMOVE the POTUS and Veep when they are Democrats caught lying about a BJ.

Nor does Darth’s copy have ANYTHING about Congress’s right to investigate, and, of course, it only has the 2nd amendment in its Bill of Rights, but the wording is a bit odd…including the phrase “...shall not be construed to restrict the Vice-President from shooting his friends’ butts and faces off while “hunting” just-released waterfowl.”

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By vet240, April 4, 2007 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment
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bu$sh in dillusional. He stated yesterday that the legislature is not following the will of the American people. What planet is he on?

Every time someone from either party proves his positions faulty he will not learn from it. He will do like he’s always done, he’ll hold his breath until he gets what he wants. The problem is, he is now older than 18 so it doesn’t work the way it used to for him.

He started drilling dry wells in Texas as a young man. It didn’t matter someone like the Saudi family of Bin Laden always footed the bill for him.

I think Pelosi showing a willingness to establish a dialogue with Syria and her calling for dialogue with Iran was the key to the release of the British troops.

bu$h must feel like the last hooker at the bar watching the janitor clean tables wondering where the action went!

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By SH, April 4, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Wah wah wah… Get over it, Bush. You’re way certainly isn’t working so HIGH 5 to Speaker Pelosi for taking things into her own hands.

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By Quy Tran, April 4, 2007 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Why ? Because he’s losing face but he doesn’t have one. His face’s losing over 6 years ago !

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By Margaret Currey, April 4, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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Poor George he just can’t get used to a government that is not one way which was usually his way, I liked what Nancy said which in essence said “get used to it”.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By nomorebombs, April 4, 2007 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
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indictments and impeachment..democrats and smart republicans..

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By Joe, April 4, 2007 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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Bush fuming? Bush criticizing? Bush complaining about being upstaged by Nancy Pelosi in Syria? Who cares about Bush’s feelings or opinions anymore? Does he? Does his family? Does his nanny Cheney?

The well oiled machine that used to define the Bush White House is gone - but he doesn’t seem to know it yet!

Maybe his supporter Senator (yes, I am a hero) McCain can arrange a photo-op for him with hidden helicopters, fore and aft armored humvees, snipers, and 100 military guards at the market where McCain wearing body armor strolled without fear among the local merchants for several moments. Why menion this? Because it is symbolic of the Bush diplomacy - photo ops, staged town meetings, carefully prepared scripts for speeches using the latest jargon or inventing it when the old one isn’t working, etc.

Let’s face it, Bush has backed himself into a corner. If her vetos the spending bill he is abandoning the troops. If he doesn’t veto it, he is abandoning the 30% of the people who still believe in him!

Perhaps Pelosi is showing the White House how it should and could operate?

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By James Yell, April 4, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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At this point any news program should include a reality based announcement to put Bush talking points in perspective. When he rails about the turning away from involvement with Iraq, point out that “all” of the reasons that he gave for invading Iraq were false. When he is shown claiming Pelosi in Syria is helping the enemy, point out each time that the Republicans themselves have had dialog with Syria. When they show Bush, or Cheney talking about respecting the troops, point out that both refused to serve, Bush in any meaningful way the military and Cheney not at all because his own personal business was more important than his supposed belief in force for national policy. It is only when others give their lives that Cheney thinks it an important duty, while he piles up increasing wealth from this administrations policies and the resultant blood bath.

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By JA, April 4, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Mayabe he’s not the decider after all!


Poor pouty Georgie…

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By RAE, April 4, 2007 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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I hate to be the first to writeto inform the President that if anything on this planet NEEDS “undermining” it’s HIS “foreign policy.”

Yes, I wrote “his” because I do NOT believe the majority of Americans support it. Therefore it is NOT “U.S. foreign policy” it is George W. Bush foreign policy… MIGHTY BIG DIFFERENCE in spite of the fact the negative impact on the world is about the same.

I don’t know what skeletons and hidden agendas lurk in Pelosi’s closet - I’ve never heard of a successful politician who was honest and above-board about everything. But I DO believe that anyone with clout who has enough gumption to stand up in the U.S. and tell the Emperor he has no clothes DESERVES THE NATION’S HIGHEST MEDAL!

What I cannot fathom is why Americans cannot or will not do whatever it takes to replace their obviously incompetent, lying Administration.

The country spent millions of dollars and shiploads of righteous indignation impeaching Bill Clinton for lying (about something so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things it’s laughable) while they seem impotent to do anything about George W. Bush whose actions have led directly to the decimation of the treasury, the murder of countless innocent people and plunged the honor of the nation into PERMANENT DISREPUTE.

What is it about Bush’s hold on the American psyche that I’m missing?

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By Janet, April 4, 2007 at 8:59 am Link to this comment
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While Pelosi’s visit to Syria might anger Bush, that’s only a minor issue. The real problem with her visit is how she’s playing little messenger girl for the Israelis. It is truly remarkable that the US Speaker of the House would allow herself to be used by the Israeli government in such a demeaning way. And what is the “message” that Pelosi will convey? “She would tell Syrian leaders that Israel will talk to them only if Syria stops supporting Palestinian militants.” What’s wrong with this picture? Will Pelosi also mention to the Israelis that, by the way, they must end the (illegal) occupation; stop the (illegal) settlement expansion; and refrain from (illegal) targeted assassinations? Will she remind them that they are violating UN resolutins and the conditions of the “Road Map”? Pelosi starts out with the old double standard approach—proving that nothing will really change in the Middle East with the pro-AIPAC, pro-Israeli Democrats in power.

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By Andrushka, April 4, 2007 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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Well, let him fume.

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By Suntouso, April 4, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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What most of you stupid Americans do not know is that the middle east wants to kill you, enslave your children, and breed with your women. Do you think that they will up hole any promise made to Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrates or the Republicans.  Why don’t you ” Pilgrims ” go back to Europe, and take your ” Root brothers ” with you. That way we Native Americans can get back to doing things in a Godly manner and protect mother earth,before your politics kills off the people of this earth.

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By vsmith, April 4, 2007 at 8:00 am Link to this comment
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/to Bush:
“There you go again”....
(using the fear tactics again and again and again”

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By Don Knutsen, April 4, 2007 at 7:56 am Link to this comment
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God forbid we discuss issues with those in the middle east we have a problem with. Earth to king george…Its called Diplomacy. Thats how it works, you have a discourse where you both can air out your views to eachother and make an attempt at some constructive outcome that benefits both. This idiot hasn’t a clue, we haven’t had anything resembling diplomacy in the middle east for 6 years. We are the prime destabilizing force in the middle east. Thats a fact that is recognized by every other nation’s people thruout the world. Isn’t it time to try something other then just the inept bumbling that is all bush is capable of ?

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