Nelson’s Syrian Vacation

From Fox News 

WASHINGTON —  In a direct affront to the Bush administration, a Democratic senator spent an hour Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, asking him to do more to stabilize Iraq.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, met with Assad after the State Department said that it disapproved of his trip. The United States has limited diplomatic ties with Syria because of its support of Hezbollah and Hamas, which the U.S. deems terrorist organizations, and President Bush has expressed reluctance to seek help from Damascus on Iraq until the Syrians curb that support and reduce their influence in Lebanon.

Senator Nelson’s meeting with a terrorist supporting state directly undermine efforts to conduct Foreign Policy in an especially troubled region.  As a nation we need one foreign policy. That policy is set by the President with the advice and consent of the congress. Individual Senators expressing divisions with established policy to foreign leaders only tells those leaders that the US is unwilling or unable to effect events in the region. Senator Nelson as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee with his individual dialogue with Assad essentially gives him the green light to continue their efforts to resume control of Lebanon and continue their support for insurgents in Iraq.  

Like I said earlier we need one foreign policy, not the foreign policy visions of every member of the Senate. If congress wishes to advise President Bush to alter policy towards Syria they are certainly within their rights to do so, but delivering those disagreements to foreign leaders is in my opinion crossing the line.

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