Thursday, December 14, 2006

Senators Trek to Damascus, Defying White House Policy

In an article written by Eli Lake, a staff reporter of the New York Sun it is reported that, ". . . defying requests from the White House, four senators are making a pilgrimage to Damascus. "

The four, who are or soon will be in violation of the Logan Act, are Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida (who met yesterday with President al-Assad), the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Senator Kerry of Massachusetts, who will be visiting Mr. Assad in the coming days, Senator Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania who attended Hafez al-Assad's funeral in 2000 and is slated to visit Syria in the near future, and Senator Dodd, a Democrat from Connecticut, who was urged by Foggy Bottom not to follow through on his plans to visit the Syrian leader during a trip to the region in April.

The diplomacy from the lawmakers represents a challenge to the Bush administration, which is now weighing advice from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group to engage Syria and Iran in an effort to corral the regimes into helping stem the violence in Iraq. The study group also recommended that America pursue a peace deal between Syria and Israel that involves Israel ceding the Golan Heights to Syria.

For your edification, the Logan Act does apply:

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004)

Apparently these "independent" diplomats believe that, in the recent election, THEY were somehow gifted with powers that equal those of the President of the United States, who has the sole rights and responsibility for conducting our nation's foreign policy. In addition, they are clearly unconcerned that their behavior is sending a clear signal to governments hostile to our own that our President is somehow impaired in his prerogatives and thus, they will make it MORE difficult for the President and the State Department to effect any kind of influence over these regimes who are aiding and abetting the so-called insurgency in Iraq, not to mention aiding and abetting such rogue organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah who consistently and unrepentently threaten the well-being and survival of the State of Israel and Israeli citizens.

As I have said before, many of these middle eastern nations have only an imperfect understanding of how our Republic operates and view our nation and its government through the prism of their own political realities.

It is my belief that the passports of all four of these misdirected amateur diplomats should be revoked - preferably while they are off our soil. We don't need their "help" and we certainly would be better off without any of the four of them. My cat Sam could do their jobs better than they could - which sets the bar for the governors of their respective states replacing them pretty doggone low!

But that's my opinion. Feel free to weigh in. The one thing that is FACT, not opinion, is that these four ARE violating the Logan Act and that is intolerable hubris!


At Yahoo News we find the following:

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2004, said on Thursday the U.S. administration should engage in dialogue with Syria and Iran.

“I think it’s important to talk and have dialogue, but you don’t give up your principles and you don’t make deals that are against your larger interest,” Kerry told reporters after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.“Syria needs to understand that and Iran needs to understand that, but I think it’s important to begin a discussion,” added Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.




those losers...

mindless ego...

the Democrat Folly continues...

Bushwack said...

Well, lets hope the Syrians will treat them with all the care and compassion they treat all the non-Muslims in that part of the world..... Good luck morons you'll need it.

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised that Senator Spector would include himself with that bunch of "losers". The Logan Act should go into effect and severly punish them. Who do they think they are. None of them could shine President Bush's shoes let alone be president. I guess defying the administratio makes them feel important.

Anonymous said...

I think that more American politicians should visit the Middle East in search of a new direction for this country. Bush should take a new approach and surprise people with his own interest in preserving our peace. We should be trying to understand why the countries we call the Axis of Evil dislike us, and report back with how we can compromise, not just say we won't talk at all. As far as I know we have no dialog with countries like Syria and Iran, and talks like these would help us and not hurt us.

Anonymous said...

"our President is somehow impaired " exactly what would you call it. "Impaired" seems to be a little understated. When are you idiots going to realize that the neocons have absolutely no credibility when it comes to foreign affairs. Even if we were to negotiate with Syria and Iran, who in this administration could do it.....nobody. This admin hasn't a diplomatic bone in their collective bodies. Their ability to negotiate with foreign governments is about effective as their ability to govern, New Orleans. And that's where we're at right now. Losing two wars in the Middle East, facing serious problems from North Korea and Iran, being the most hated country in the world, ignoring sound science in place of religious beliefs, etc, etc. . Go to hell Tom Delay, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and all of the other extremist neocons. You have done more harm to this country than 20 Vietnams. That's your legacy.

Bee Bob said...

I think you are
right Tom, impose
the Logan act and
put their butts in a cell for a few weeks. And, by the way, I think Iran should
have nukes, and we should send them a few. And
send'em by air
Bee Bob

Sprittibee said...

Revoke. Keep their silver spoon butts over there in the middle east and let-em bake. Oh, and if they do come back... three years in jail and a complete blacklist in politics - no more running for ANYTHING. No more fat salary, either.