Friday, April 06, 2007

Nancy Pelosi Visits Syria: Today's Cartoon

Nancy Pelosi's unauthorized trip to Syria has been interpreted by many as a snub to the Bush Administration's foreign policy. In fact, the mere attempt to establish any sort of dialogue between Washington and Damascus completely undermines years of carefully considered diplomatic neglect, perpetrated by the White House, as part of its strategy to ignore the problem in the hopes that it will eventually go away on its own. So, now that Pelosi has expressed an interest by the United States in rebuilding relations with Syria, President Bush will have to try and locate it on a map all over again, which probably explains his harsh criticism over the whole affair ;)

To me, a "foreign policy" not only refers to international affairs, but to "different ideas" as well. The problem I see with U.S. foreign policy is that under the Bush Administration it has floundered within its own stagnancy and is in desperate need of a "foreign" policy of its own, to hopefully get it moving again. Basically, the United States has drawn too many lines in the sand, which instead of isolating its adversaries, has resulted in itself being boxed into a position where it is left with very few options to work with.

The way I see it, even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not speak for nor represent the White House, her efforts do succeed in reminding the world that the current U.S. administration does not necessarily speak on behalf of the American people and that President Bush's time in office is (slowly) coming to an end... leaving a huge mess for everyone else to try and clean up.

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Blogger MikeFitz said...

I followed your link to the review of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy and agreed with the writers' sentiments that Bush had painted himself into a corner.

I then shocked myself when I realised that the review was written in February 2004 and the book itself was written in November or December 2003. So here we are, three and a half years later and nothing has changed but the death toll.

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