58 DAYS AND COUNTING
Speaker Pelosi is too busy handing a diplomatic victory to Syria, one of the original members of the state sponsors of terrorism, to be bothered to send the war funding legislation to the president so it can be vetoed, allowing the Democrats to score a political points in the war they continue to fight, their war against President Bush.
What is Pelosi doing taking spring break in Syria and meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad? Has she forgotten about the Syria Accountability Act? That law, which Pelosi and 398 other House Members voted for on October 15, 2003, stated that it is the policy of the United States that:
(9) the United States will not provide any assistance to Syria and will oppose multilateral assistance for Syria until Syria ends all support for terrorism, withdraws its armed forces from Lebanon, and halts the development and deployment of weapons of mass destruction and medium- and long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.Did Pelosi forget what she said about the Syria Accountability Act before voting for it?:
Syria’s assistance to terrorist organizations is well known, and the State Department continues to list Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism, in violation of resolutions on that issue by the United Nations Security Council. The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, which Syria controls, provides a haven and the site of training facilities for Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist groups. These activities could not occur without the assent of the Syrian government.President Bush criticized the Pelosi's interference in U.S.-Syrian relations:
The people of Israel and the cause of peace in the Middle East have been the traditional targets of the groups helped by Syria, but today’s attack on the U.S. convoy in Gaza is a reminder that the United States, and our interests around the world, are foremost on terrorist target lists. Dealing with the problem of terrorism must be our chief priority.
One of the lessons learned thus far in the war on terrorism is that there can be no success without disrupting the support networks on which terrorists rely. Rhetoric has thus far not been effective in encouraging the Syrian government to cease its assistance to terrorists, and to remove its forces from Lebanon.
Bush has said Pelosi's trip signals that the Assad government is part of the international mainstream when it is not.
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"A lot of people have gone to see President Assad ... and yet we haven't seen action. He hasn't responded," he told reporters soon after she arrived in Damascus Tuesday. "Sending delegations doesn't work. It's simply been counterproductive."
The Financial Times reports Syria takes Pelosi's visit as a diplomtic coup, which the terrorists' supporters hailed as the "courageous position" taken by" Pelosi, being the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Syrian more than two years. The US and Europe cut off high-level contacts with Syria after the assassination of former Lebanon's prime minister Rafiq Hariri in February 2005. The UN is still investigating Syria's role in that murder.
While Pelosi takes a break from legislating defeat in Iraq to provide a diplomatic coup to supporters of terrorism it has now been 58 days since President Bush sent the request for the necessary funds to support our troops fighting the war. When will the Democrats fund the war?