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Repubs Visiting Syria Too


White House Spokesman Dana Perino dissed Pelosi about her visit to Syria yesterday, and now Bush has done the same today.


Perino’s remarks come as a group of Republican lawmakers has embarked on their own trip to Syria. Michael Lowry, a spokesman for Representative Robert Aderholt, said that the Alabama lawmaker will visit Syria as part of a Republican delegation led by Representative Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican. Wolf is the top Republican on the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department.

Well, you don’t say?

And by the way, Rep. David Hobson (R-OH) will be part of Pelosi’s trip.

Apparently, Nancy is carrying a message from Israel in hopes of avoiding a conflict with Syria.

From Haaretz:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who visited IDF forces in the North last week, heard an intelligence assessment and was informed of the dangers of a Syrian “miscalculation.”

Following his visit to the forces in the field, a decision was made to publicly address the concerns of a possible deterioration with the Syrians, and to send a message that Israel has no intention of attacking Syria, nor is there any coordinated plan with the U.S. for a joint attack against Iran.

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus today, and will deliver a message of calm from Israel.

“We hope the message will be understood,” political sources in Israel said yesterday. “The question is whether Assad is looking for an excuse … so that he can carry out an attack against Israel in the summer, or whether this is a mistaken assessment.”

I wonder if Bush’s tune would be different if he knew this.

Or did he know this already and decided to lay into Pelosi anyway?