Nancy Pelosi arrived today in Damascus to begin discussions with Syrian officials. President Bush is indignant saying Pelosi’s visit sends mixed signals to Syrian President, Bashar Assad. The Bush solution to diplomacy is, it seems, to be two-fold:
- Not talk to those with whom he doesn’t agree
- Bomb those with whom he doesn’t agree back to the stone age
Bush’s child like decisions to bully the world are not the stuff of which international respect is gained. Bush, furthermore, seems to not understand that he does not control the Congress as he has in the first six-years of his administration. He no longer speaks and his will is done. He must come down from his god-like stance and somehow begin to act as a reasonable political leader.
While I am not sure what good will come of the Pelosi visit to Damascus I am unwilling to dismiss this bold move as dangerous to our national interests as our President seems to be so willing to do. But then, Bush has had six-years of ignoring the Loyal Opposition so why not ignore others that don’t agree. The best part of this whole debacle is that Bush has less than 660 days left in office. How much harm can he do in 660 days? I, for one, am afraid to find out.