Rice: America Will Enter Talks With Syria, Iran
I can’t imagine anything good coming from negotiations with the primary sponsors terrorism in the world today.
From the NY Sun
WASHINGTON — With congressional pressure mounting against the Bush administration’s military surge in Baghdad, Secretary of State Rice yesterday said America would be participating in a regional conference that would include Iran and”Syria. The announcement comes at the Senate Appropriations Committee‘s first hearing to review the $99.6 billion that the White House is requesting to fund the troop surge in Iraq. It suggests that the Bush administration is making efforts to accommodate congressional Democrats, who have urged the president to send envoys to Damascus and Tehran to begin brokering an exit from Iraq.The summit also represents a change in tone for the Bush administration, which has accentuated the threat posed particularly from Iran in recent weeks. Yesterday, at a hearing of the Senate’s intelligence committee, the new director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, said some Shiite militia members received training in how to use armor-piercing explosives against American convoys inside Iran and in facilities run by Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.While an administration official denied the announcement from Ms. Rice was motivated by politics, the secretary of state’s testimony pointed out how the new initiative reflected the wishes of the administration’s congressional critics.