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Posted on Apr 4, 2007
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The British government has successfully negotiated the release of the 15 sailors held for nearly two weeks in Iran.  Meawhile, over in Damascus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made major headway in promoting peace in the Middle East in her meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


BBC:

The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has assured her in talks that he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel.

In Damascus, Ms Pelosi also said she gave Mr Assad a similar message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

She also voiced concerns over Syria’s alleged connections to Hamas and stressed Damascus’ role in peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

Her visit angered President Bush, who said it undermined US foreign policy.

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By louis stroud, April 5, 2007 at 3:33 am Link to this comment
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well, finally someone has the guts to stand up for america, and good moral dialogue. this lady is definetly my choice pulitzer peace prize! the bushies don’t have any idea how to even speak, let alone how to speak to the head of another country. i say nancy for president. she is hot!

louie

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By enemy of the people, April 4, 2007 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment
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The earlier comment mentioning “speaking with your enemies” reminded me how outraged my John Bircher cousin was when Nixon went to China. He was calling for impeachment because Tricky was consorting with those evil communists.

Well, in retrospect, how bright was that visit after all?

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By K. St. Angelo, April 4, 2007 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment
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It’s great to see Nancy Pelosi negotiating a new foreign policy of peace. Bush has raped our country & Iraq with his illegitimate war.

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By trantieungoc, April 4, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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Condi Rice should learn more from these lessons.

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By Dale Headley, April 4, 2007 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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What’s the point of having a State Department?  So that Condi Rice can run around showing off her latest fashion statement.  This is an administation that has only one “diplomatic” strategy: unilateral, illegal, immoral, wars of conquest and empire.

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By Bob Zimmerman, April 4, 2007 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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The American public is behind Nancy Pelosi. In a poll today by Lou Dobbs, 72% of his viewers agreed that Nancy Pelosi is on the right track by going to Syria. President Bush just doesn’t get it.  He is out of touch with America. He is now catering to the minority of Americans who think he can do no wrong. Unfortunately he has done so much wrong, many of us have resorted to counting the days until he is gone. We should always be willing to talk to our enemies - every President until now agreed with this premise. even St. Reagan.

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By jeffrey, April 4, 2007 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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hooray! for nancy pelosi and the usa! after all these years of bush-view.we should look to gwb for all the answers. ask him the question and listen to the answer,,,and do the complete polar opposite,, perhaps then we will see even more success for the USA

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By Hank, April 4, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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Look, people: what’s happening here is obvious.

Israel knows that the long-planned US bombing of Iran is coming up soon. Israel sits in the catbird sit, waiting for the fireworks show to start, as the big, stupid, and oh-so-obliging US military destroys Iran, murdering millions of Iranians, solely for Israel’s strategic benefit.

So Israel’s feeling generous. Why not make a few meaningless “peacemaking” gestures? Hence, Olmert suddenly shows uncharacteristic interest in the Saudi peace plan, whose obvious merits he has scorned for years. And AIPAC has even allowed Nancy Pelosi to go to Syria - so long as she promises to do nothing but act as a deaf sock-puppet for the Israel lobby.

After all, why not? Israel’s image gets a little polishing; America’s aging, middle-of-the-road Democratic liberals can wax nostalgic at this chance to feel really, really goody-good-good about being pro-Israel again…. And yet it will be so easy—as it always has been in the past—for Israel to make sure that this latest “peace effort” goes nowhere, and Israel’s expansionist, religious-racial supremacist, militarist agenda stays on track.

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By Bill, April 4, 2007 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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Someone has to speak to the protagonists in the Middle East and if Bush’s crew won’t do it then who can blame Nancy Pelosi for giving it a shot. 

John Bolton appeared on British television tonight to condemn the British Government for its weakness in the sailor affair.  Bolton’s views are extremely dangerous.  They can be summed up in two words ‘shoot first’.  I don’t think he understands the complexities of the societies he condemns in his frequent rants to the British public.

We can only hope that his views and those of his like minded cronies in Bush’s disrcedited White House are being ignored in the US and hopefully the Democrat’s resurgence will mean he and those like him will soon be in the wilderness.

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By clarence, April 4, 2007 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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At Last someone is actually helping the peace process instead of war process.  Thank you Nancy and the Brits.

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By James Yell, April 4, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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Beyond getting people killed for no reason, what is Bush/Cheney’s Foriegn Policy—-stealing oil that doesn’t belong to us? Using the US Military to enhance International Petroleum’s profits? Make George and Cheney even more wealthy, while bankrupting the United States?

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