In May, (Tom) Lantos joined a letter that Sen. Arlen Specter (R, Pa) sent to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, suggesting a joint meeting of
Dennis (Kucinich) of
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
FrontPageMagazine.com | 9/14/2007
As Democrats in Congress and the organized left denounce the cautious optimism of Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus (“General Betray Us,” according to moveon.org), some Members continue to consort with the enemy in ways reminiscent of Hanoi Jane Fonda in the early 1970s.
Dennis Kucinich is the latest among the Congressional Democrats to travel the road to
In an interview with a tarted-up reporter for Syrian state television, Kucinich laid out his plan for unilateral
It should not have been. Kucinich is not merely a disgrace to Congress and the Democratic Party. By sucking up to a dictator and deriding U.S. troops in Iraq on a foreign state-run television program, he has disgraced his nation and his flag.
Here are a few samples of what Dennis of Damascus told the Syrian public, with the helpful (but unneeded) prompting of his cover-girl interviewer.
“I feel the
He had come to Syria to meet with “His Excellency,” the Syrian dictator, “so that people are aware that there are members of Congress and in this case, a presidential candidate, who believes that Syria has a very important role to play in bringing about stability, in participating in a political process, which will help create the conditions which can lead to peace.”
Yes, well. That’s what Hanoi Jane said in May 1972 when she traveled to
The Israeli Air Force recently had something to say about
An Israeli official told reporters on Wednesday that the air strike had “left a big hole” in
General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker also derided the notion that
But if you listen to Dennis of Damascus, that’s okay. All we need to do is talk to the dictators.
Kucinich said that Assad “showed a real desire to play a role in helping to create a peaceful settlement of the conditions in
As he told Syrian television, “the United States must end the occupation, close the bases, bring the troops home, but we must have a parallel political process that reaches out to the international community, with the help of Syria and Iran, that would bring an international peace-keeping force, move it in as our troops leave, so there is no vacuum.”
What Kucinich wants is very clear. He wants to turn
“I crafted my peace plan with people who served in the UN with peace-keeping missions over the years,” Dennis of Damascus said. “Not only must we stabilize
But wait: here comes the heart throb.
Most of the Iraqi refugees in
He also forgot to mention that Syrian-backed Sunni Muslim jihadis were responsible for driving them out of them homes in the first place.
In a subsequent interview in
“I don’t want to bless that occupation with my presence,” he said. “I will not do it.” So much for a Democrat supporting the troops.
All of this could be dismissed as pure comedy if it weren’t for the fact that the Kucinich/MoveOn.org wing of the Democratic party represents real money and influence.
The Washington Times reported on Thursday that MoveOn.org “ranked third in the country among political action committees in total receipts from January 2005 to June 30, 2006, with $14.1 million.”
The group trailed two other pro-Democrat PACS –
Kucinich is not the only member of Congress who wants to cozy up to
Lantos first bruited his desire to travel to
After his much-disputed April 2007 trip to
"Speaking just for myself, I would be ready to get on a plane tomorrow morning, because however objectionable, unfair and inaccurate many of [Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's] statements are, it is important that we have a dialogue with him,” Lantos told reporters at the time.
In May, Lantos joined a letter that Sen. Arlen Specter (R, Pa) sent to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, suggesting a joint meeting of
Also signing the letter were “Peace In Our Times” Senators Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel, Chris Dodd, and Representatives English, Moran, Gilchrest and Meeks.
In his letters and meetings with Iranian authorities to obtain the release of
Esfandiareh was released after
We have seen these kinds of “good will” gestures many, many, many times before.
Whether it’s Neville Chamberlin returning from
It’s called appeasement.
And the result, sooner rather than later, is always war.
Kenneth R. Timmerman was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with John Bolton for his work on
SPECTER ON THE RECORD
On 8/1/07 Senator Specter (R-PA) delivered a lengthy statement on the Senate floor regarding
Senator Specter stated:
“…Both the Warner-Lugar and Salazar-Alexander proposals address the issue of diplomacy in the region. I have consistently urged the administration to work with
“During my meetings with Iranian officials, I developed a proposal for an exchange of visits by Members of Congress to
“In an effort to jumpstart this exchange, on May 3, 2007, I sent a letter, with support from Senators Biden, Hagel and Dodd and Representatives Lantos, English, Moran, Gilchrest and Meeks, to the Speaker of Iran's Parliament suggesting we convene a meeting of U.S. and Iranian parliamentarians.
“I have amplified my strong belief that dialogue with nations such as Iran and Syria is necessary in an extensive Senate speech on June 16, 2006 and most recently in an essay ``Dialogue With Adversaries'' published in the winter edition of The Washington Quarterly. While we can't be sure that dialogue will succeed, we can be sure that without dialogue there will be failure.
“I am not alone in calling for enhanced dialogue with
“However, the President's plan places a disproportionate emphasis on military force while neglecting the needed diplomacy and political efforts.
“Having served in the Senate for 26 years, holding the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee and senior positions on the Appropriations subcommittees on Defense and Foreign Operations, I am aware of what challenges nations like
“Today, however, Americans are not dying from nuclear weapons or from direct attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah. Many are dying policing a civil conflict.
“President Assad, during our December 2006 meeting in
“Very little has happened to effectuate that ‘new diplomatic initiative.’ The Iraq Study Group clearly states: ‘Given the ability of
“It would have been my hope that these types of meetings would have occurred frequently in the intervening months. However, I am pleased that the President has recently indicated a commitment to ramp up diplomatic efforts in the region.”