Friday, 6 April 2007

Cheney accuses Pelosi of 'bad behaviour' in Syria

Dear Friends,

I thought these two articles were quite interesting, because to me it appears that this Ladies arrogance has no bounds whatsoever. Not only does she hold contempt and hatred for the Turkish People and the Republic of Turkey but because she has been appointed the Speaker of the House in the U.S. she now has delusions of grandeur thinking she is the President of the U.S.
She recently went to Syria (which is no problem at all in itself and all parties must talk to each other in order to resolve problems in a civil manner) but she went against the wishes and protocol of the US system of Government and Administration. She has embarrassed the entire United States by her actions and arrogance.

She refused to meet with the Turkish Foreign Minister in order to discuss Resolution 106 currently before Congress, in other words her mind is closed to any evidence or factual matters the Turks and or Turkey may wish to present.

The irony however is that she goes to Syria where an appointment is made to meet with the Syrian President Mr Assad (against the wishes of the White House and the President of the US whom controls US foreign Policy) and in turn President Assad cancels the meeting for no other reason than and I quote, " I have a very important guest from Turkey; and tonight we will watch together a soccer game. I cannot come to Damascus before he leaves."

Well Ms Pelosi perhaps that may dent your ego and arrogance a tad and show you that the centre of the Universe is not in fact you and your Democrat ruled Congress. A soccer game is more important then you or what you may have to say about world peace imagine that.


SMH 6 April, 2007 - 2:12PM

Vice-President Dick Cheney accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today of "bad behaviour" on her Middle East trip, saying she bungled a message for Syria's president that was later clarified by Israel.

Cheney harshly criticised Pelosi's visit to Syria this week and declared in an interview, "The president is the one who conducts foreign policy, not the speaker of the House." Pelosi's Syrian stopover was opposed from the start by the Bush administration, which accuses Damascus of sponsoring terrorism and says it should be isolated from the international community. While in Damascus yesterday, Pelosi announced she had told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that Israel was prepared to negotiate with Syria.

That prompted Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office to underline the Jewish state's preconditions for such talks - including that Syria abandon its "support for terrorist groups."
Cheney, pointing to the Israeli reaction, said it was obvious Olmert had not authorised the message Pelosi delivered. "It was a non-statement, nonsensical statement and didn't make any sense at all that she would suggest that those talks could go forward as long as the Syrians conducted themselves as a prime state sponsor of terror," the vice president said on the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

"I think it is, in fact bad behaviour on her part. I wish she hadn't done it," Cheney said. "Fortunately I think the various parties involved recognise she doesn't speak for the Untied States in those circumstances, she doesn't represent the administration." Pelosi, the top House Democrat and next in line to the US presidency after Cheney, is the most senior US official to visit Syria in more than two years. Pelosi's spokesman, Brendan Daly, asked to respond to Cheney's criticism, said the speaker accurately relayed the message from Olmert to Assad.

"The tough and serious message the speaker relayed was that, in order for Israel to engage in talks with Syria, the Syrian government must eliminate its links with extremist elements, including Hamas and Hezbollah," Daly said, referring to the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, and Lebanon's Hezbollah, which Israel fought in a war last year.

Pelosi's decision to defy the White House and meet Assad stepped up a tug of war between the Democratic-led Congress and Republican President George W Bush over foreign policy.
The two sides are already doing battle over Iraq policy, with Democrats trying to force Bush to accept a date for withdrawing US troops.

Pelosi was also slammed today by a Washington Post editorial that was headlined "Pratfall in Damascus" and called her Middle East shuttle diplomacy "foolish".


President Assad too Busy to Meet Pelosi

The secular Turkish daily Aksam has reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Bashar Al-Assad at his Aleppo palace for over two hours during an official visit.

The paper reported that that same day, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Syria, and noted that Pelosi had refused to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on his recent trip to the U.S.

The paper said that Assad sent a message to Pelosi that he could not meet with her: "It is not possible. I cannot meet you today. I have a very important guest from Turkey; and tonight we will watch together a soccer game. I cannot come to Damascus before he leaves. We may meet tomorrow."

Turkey's most popular soccer team Fenerbahce was in Syria at that time to play Syrian champion team Al-Ittihad. The paper reported that Erdogan told journalists that Turkey-Syria relations were "further developing in a positive direction" and that "the direct relationship between our peoples is also growing; sports events contribute to that..."

Source: Aksam, Turkey April 4, 2007