"We were very pleased with the reassurances we received from the
president that he was ready to resume the peace process," Nancy Pelosi
The Democratic Party, not content with winning control of Congress has now set up it’s own State Department. One of it’s first moves is the delegation of Democratic members of Congress lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trip to Syria.
Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at his hilltop Palace. Apparently Syrian Israeli peace talks were at the top of the agenda. "Syria tries to read the American tea leaves very closely, and this type of signal is read as very significant in Damascus," said Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut
Apologists for the trip clam the Pelosi Delegation has done nothing different that other Congressional visits. The official Syrian Newspaper disagrees.
"The presence of the American speaker of the House in Damascus carries
more than one meaning, the most important of which is convincing American
officials of the importance of dialogue with Syria and its key role in the
region. It is also a blunt recognition of the failure of the Bush
administration's policy." Al-Thawra editorial
Since taking control of Congress, Democrats have attacked the War in Iraq by introducing resolutions designed to undercut the Bush Administration prosecution of the war.
“We're Going to Pick up Senate Seats as a Result of This War” Democratic Senate Majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid.
Imagine, using a war for political gain. That’s going over the line. During the Mexican War, Abraham Lincoln opposed the war, but waited until the fighting was all but over before voicing that opposition. Lincoln faced criticism for not speaking out earlier.
"The distinction between the cause of the President in beginning the war, and the cause of the country after it was begun, is a distinction which you [Democrats] cannot perceive." Abraham Lincoln
Unlike opponents of the Iraq war, Lincoln consistently voted support for the troops and prosecution of the war against Mexico.
In an attack on the Iraqi Parliament a suicide bomber killed one member and wounded dozens. The next day, Friday an Islamic day of prayer, a special session of the Parliament was held. The speaker said it was, "a clear message to all the terrorists and all those who dare try to stop this [political] process that we will sacrifice in order for it to continue."
The same day Senator Harry Reid held a press conference bragging how the war would help the Democratic Party extend it’s control of Congress. This is a good contrast between Democratic controlled U.S. Congress and the Iraqi Parliament