U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts and two other Republican congressmen did not undermine the Bush administration by meeting with Syria's leader Sunday, despite going to Damascus against the president's wishes, Pitts said Wednesday...
Pitts and U.S. Reps. Frank Wolfe of Virginia and Robert Aderholt of Alabama met with Assad Sunday to talk about issues in the Middle East three days before Pelosi's delegation arrived there on a similar mission.
"Dialogue is not a sign of weakness," Pitts said after returning home Wednesday. "It's a sign of strength."
Pitts said the congressional Republicans' meeting with Assad did not undermine Bush because they emphasized the same policies the president advocates.
"The first thing we said was...to appeal to the Syrian government to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq with (explosives) and killing our soldiers in Iraq," Pitts said...
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the Speaker's seven-member delegation â€” six Democrats and one Republican â€” delivered a similar message Wednesday.Comment Posted By TCinLA On 5.04.2007 @ 18:04
When Laura Bush visited the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, she wore â€” you guessed it â€” a head scarf. She did the same at the Dome of the Rock mosque. Was she â€œdonning the garb of Americaâ€™s enemiesâ€? Did she â€œdisgustâ€ the presidentâ€™s allies?
When the First Lady visited the Vatican, she wore â€” wait for it â€” a head scarf. Apparently, itâ€™s still required of women visitors to the Vatican. Is the right prepared to bash Roman Catholicism for having the same traditional rules as mosques in the Middle East?
For that matter, Pelosiâ€™s own faith, Roman Catholicism, required women to wear veils in church until Vatican II â€” which took place when she was in her mid-twenties. We have all seen photographs of Karen Hughes and Condi Rice with scarves wrapped around their heads hijab-style while visiting the Middle East.
And, since you're all such good christianists, perhaps you should go back an re-read the good book, to wit:
1 Corinthians 11:5,6
â€œBut every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.â€
Wow, righties who are biblically illiterate. A report has been filed with Ayatollahs Dobson and Fallwell.
Please, keep it up. It's fun watching bipeds who lack frontal lobes and opposable thumbs show how user-friendly computers are nowadays.Comment Posted By TCinLA On 4.04.2007 @ 10:51
One looks at this sort of news and compares the actions of the pResident with those of his father, who spent six months building an actual international coalition, brought a majority of the political opposition aboard for his policy of expelling Iraq from Kuwait, and performed the action with vast international support.
Unfortunately, sonny-boy proves the old adage about great fortunes (both financial and political) that the first generation (Preston Bush) makes it, the second generation (G.H.W.
Bush) preserves it, and the third generation (moron boy) loses it.
Would you people please please please do the country a favor and next time take a good look at the resume of your presumed Dear Leader? A resume that reads "failed at everything I ever did other than blowing up frogs with firecrackers, turned everything I ever touched to disaster and would be living in a box under a freeway overpass if daddy and his friends hadn't bailed me out of everything I ever screwed up" is not really the kind of background one wants in the Leader of the Western World.Comment Posted By TCinLA On 25.03.2007 @ 12:33
Were you people actually the "conservatives" you claim to be, rather than the "far right radical revolutionaries" you really are, you would be leading the charge in this matter. Allow me to quote a political philosopher who is (theoretically) someone all of you respect deeply, John Stuart Mill:
ï»¿Instead of the function of governing, for which it is radically unfit, the proper office of a
representative assembly is to watch and control the government: to throw the light of
publicity on its acts: to compel a full exposition and justification of all of them which any one considers questionable; to censure them if found condemnable, and, if the men who compose the government abuse their trust, or fulfill it in a manner which conflicts with the deliberate sense of the nation, to expel them from office, and either expressly or virtually appoint their successors.
You people used to be the party that distrusted government, yet for the past six years you have not only allowed but supported and cheered for actions by government that insure we become what we claim we oppose, that we destroy the very things about us that are responsible for our being attacked.
What has defined America from our founding - what has made us different from every other nation - is our committment to the Rule of Law, not of men. ï»¿This is why oversight is so critical. As a country, out political tradition is that we simply do not trust, and never have trusted, our government officials to act properly when they can act in secret and with no checks.
If you were actual believers in the constitutional republic of the United States of America, rather than semi-literate authoritarians who want to give your freedom over to a failed scumball who was never worthy at any time of his life of your good opinion, you wouldn't need this little lecture. You'd be the ones manning the battlements.Comment Posted By TCinLA On 25.03.2007 @ 12:22
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