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Peolsi`s Trip to AXE of Evil

06 April, 2007

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Despite strong opposition of White House, the US Congress Speaker Nancy Peolsi visited Damascus in a bid what she termed to seek the solution of Iraq and Lebanon issues.

The White House, while condemning the trip said the road to Damascus was “lined with the victims” of Syrian-backed extremists.

Vice President Dick Cheney said in a radio interview that the visit undermined US-led efforts to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and instead rewarded his “bad behaviour” in Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere.

He`s been isolated and cut off because of his bad behaviour. And the unfortunate thing about the Speaker`s visit is it sort of breaks down that barrier,” Cheney said.

However, Ms Peolsi, the first lady speaker of US Congress, rejected the Bush administration’s criticism, said that the road to Damascus is a road to peace.

Pelosi, the most senior US official to visit Syria in years, also pointed out that some of the Republican met Assad days ago without drawing a public White House rebuke.

She said she also raised with Assad and other top Syrian officials her “concern” about alleged support for militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah and infiltration into Iraq.

Here are some questions:-

1) Is Peolsi’s visit an indication of a shift in future US foreign policy, particularly about Middle East?
2) In your opinion, what brings Democrats to initiate dialogue with one of the “axis of evil”?
3) Should this approach be undertaken vis-à-vis Iran too?
4) Why does White House disapprove Peolsi’s visit?

Reader Comments:

A.Mahmood location???

A.Mahmood,are you sure your credible?

One day in Cameroon the other in Canada.

Take it easy

Frank, Canada - 25 April, 2007

Appology to Frank

Sorry, I had just pressed the Canada's neighbour key and without looking and correcting, I let the letter go.

This is one of the few mistakes that do happen when you are trying to fire it off in half hour or less.

Sorry Frank'

Anwar Mahmood

Canada

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 25 April, 2007

Empeachment of a Democrat

When Nancy Pelosi announced last fall that impeachment was "off the table," official Washington accepted that the primary avenue for holding lawless Presidents to account had been closed off by the new Speaker of the House. But the Republic's citizenry has not been so inclined. And now, with the Administration's troubles mounting, they're preparing to tell Pelosi that America and the world cannot wait until January 20, 2009, to put an end to Bush's reign of error. When Pelosi arrives at the California Democratic Convention in San Diego on April 28--the same day that activists nationwide will rally for presidential accountability--she'll find on the agenda a resolution that declares that the actions of President Bush and Vice President Cheney "warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office." Delegates are expected to endorse the measure.

Pelosi fears that impeachment would distract from the Democratic legislative agenda and provoke an electoral backlash. History suggests she is wrong: The Watergate Congress was highly efficient, and Democrats had one of their best years ever at the polls after pressuring Richard Nixon out of office. But aside from Dennis Kucinich, who is particularly fired up about Cheney's misdeeds, few in Congress have even hinted at bucking Pelosi's ban.



Outside Washington, however, an "impeachment from below" movement is gathering steam. The President's troop surge into Iraq and his refusal to consider exit strategies has caused many to react like GOP Senator Chuck Hagel, who has observed, "The President says...he's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him." Hagel's remarks go to the heart of the surge in interest in impeachment: It stems from Bush's ongoing disregard for the demands of the electorate, the Congress and the Constitution. Legitimate impeachment initiatives are organic responses to the realities of a moment rather than purely legal procedures. Talk of impeachment gains traction when it becomes clear that an Administration is unwilling to respect the system of checks and balances or the rule of law. This explains why the allegation that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, apparently with White House approval, pressured US Attorneys to politicize prosecutions has added so much fuel to the fire, with activists like Vermont's Dan DeWalt now saying, "I don't have any trouble getting people to agree that impeachment is necessary."



DeWalt engineered a campaign in March to get town meetings in his state to pass resolutions calling on Congress to impeach and remove Bush and Cheney. Three dozen towns did so, including Middlebury, where GOP Governor Jim Douglas found himself presiding over a meeting that voted overwhelmingly in favor of going after the two for misleading the nation about the threat posed by Iraq, condoning torture and approving illegal electronic surveillance. The goal of the town meeting movement was to get the state legislature to forward articles of impeachment to the US House. Citing Thomas Jefferson's Manual of Parliamentary Practice, which makes reference to the authority of state legislatures to propose impeachment, legislators in at least ten states, including Vermont, have now done so. But the real success of the initiative was to illustrate the popular appeal of impeachment--an effort helped along by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who devoted a week of strips to the town meeting votes--and to tell members of Congress like Vermont's Peter Welch that they might want to take their cues from constituents rather than Pelosi. Welch has responded by meeting with activists and asking them for more details of Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors.



DC Democrats still put forth anti-impeachment arguments--particularly the old saw that going after Bush would just give the presidency to Cheney. Activists have countered with an "Impeach Cheney First!" campaign and a reminder that the Constitution in no way prohibits holding more than one official to account at the same time. They've also picked up an argument made by Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, who says it was the threat of impeachment that got Richard Nixon to bend to pressure from Congress to wind down the Vietnam War. "If you want to move Bush on Iraq," says Ellsberg, "get serious about impeachment." Millions of Americans are doing just that.

Shokat Saleem, Pakistan - 25 April, 2007

After the Next Election she will be out of power

Pelosi made a very big mistake in doing what she did. She has really upset a lot of Americans. This act alone probably has ensured that her party will lose the next election. Americans may be against how the war is being handled but we want to win it and the Democrats defeatist rhetoric isn't playing that well. The Democratic party has proven that it can't be trusted with power. Americans are seeing this very clearly. Her radicalism might play to a small radical fraction of Americans but in doing so she has driven normal people away from the Democrats.

Steve, United Kingdom - 27 April, 2007

Democrats part of Axis of Evil

Nancy Peolsi has proven that the Democrats are no longer an American political party but instead part of the enemy-within. You can bet that during election time videos of her trip will be shown in commercials and will help defeat the Democrats.

Steve, United Kingdom - 27 April, 2007

The cute Qazi Sahab

Well actually there were two questions, one of which you conviniently forgot to mention. Let me repharse it for you: Are you working your off in a crowded, oxygen-poor call center in Mumbai on a 24/7 basis?

Either that, or at least your apparent mental faculties show you to be suitably fit for the job.

Since you're so dumb, let me underscore some assertions that give you away.

1.(Tujhay parai kia pari hai? Apni nabair too! “Instead of worrying about every Tom Dick or Harry, worry about your own future!”). Translation: Please stop haggling over Kashmeer, we already have our hands full.

2.So all those pro-Pelosi Pakistanis OR OTHER SUNDRY SYPMATHIZERS OR TERRORISM (haan?!) will be jumping with joy, while ordinary Pakistanis (another haan?!)will suffer due to the stoppage of money. NOW this is what I call a wet dream. You see wet dreams is phenomena which is quite common among call center workers, possibly owing to lack of an appropriate outlet due to lack of money, poor health or perhaps both.

But since Qazi Sahab claims to be in the US, I would assume that he finally got that promotion he worked for all his life. Congratulations, no one deserved it more.

Do you like the air in the US? Its quite clean compared to the dimly-lit environs of Mumbai call centers. Seemingly high on cow byproducts, Mr. "Qazi" has taken on the well-trodden path of similar e-warriors that India has produced in wild abundance.

Hamood Khan, Pakistan - 30 April, 2007

Peolsi and the pivotal axis of peace

Peolsi and democrats are the pivotal axis of global peace.

PEOLSI AND DEMOCRATS WILL FLY WITH PEACE FEATHERS TO PUT THE WAR MONGERS WHERE THEY BELONG INEFFECTIVE.

RAMESFELD IS GONE AND SOON BUSH AND CHENNY ARE GOING TO GO PACKING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN OR ANY AMERICAN WAR MONGER OR ANY OTHER NATIONAL OF ANY ORIGIN AND PROVEN WAR MONGERING HAS NO PLACE AMONGST THE PEACE LOVING FAMILY OF NATIONS.

WE HAVE SEEN THE WORLD SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL AND IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT EVERY HUMAN OF ALL NATIONAL CREED BEHAVE AS BELONGING TO THE AXIS OF PEACE ON PLANET EARTH WITH PEACE FOR ALL HUMANITY.

KEEP UP YOUR NOBLE WORK PEOLSI.THE PEACE LOVING HUMANITY LOVES YOU AND ALL PEACE LOVING PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH.

ONLY THROUGH PEACE AND PEACE LOVING WE WILL SURVIVE
AND THROUGH WAR MONGERING, NO ONE WILL REMAIN ALIVE.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 01 May, 2007

Yhe enemy of my enemy is my friend.

If the world thinks that any new world muslim is truely friendly, all one needs to do is look at what is being taught to their childern, both in the U.S. and in their homelands. If the head of the snake is not cut off quickly, then expect no security and no safety for any American citizen any where in the world, including this country. The answer is not easy and the solutions are not positive but the first rule to changing the attitude of people is through the teaching of children. The United States has failed badly in this respect. I repeat, expect no peace or safety in or around your home. If you want Islam as your new doctrine for freedom then follw the path of least resistance. Christ said "Love thy enemy as thy self." He wasnt talking about islamic factions bent on destroying all that is held dear in the Christian world.

Jan Karl, United Kingdom - 02 May, 2007

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