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3 Republicans part with Bush on Syria
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/07 | Ben Evans - ap

Posted on 04/04/2007 7:57:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - Three Republican congressmen who parted with President Bush by meeting with Syrian leaders said Wednesday it is important to maintain a dialogue with a country the White House says sponsors terrorism.

"I don't care what the administration says on this. You've got to do what you think is in the best interest of your country," said Rep. Frank Wolf (news, bio, voting record), R-Va. "I want us to be successful in Iraq. I want us to clamp down on Hezbollah."

Washington accuses Syria of backing Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups it deems terrorist organizations. The Bush administration also says Syria is contributing to the violence in Iraq by allowing Sunni insurgents to operate from its territory and is destabilizing Lebanon's government.

Bush sharply criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., for leading a delegation to meet with Syria's president, Bashar Assad.

The White House, however, stayed relatively quiet about a similar trip just a few days earlier by Wolf and GOP Reps. Robert Aderholt (news, bio, voting record) of Alabama and Joseph Pitts (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania.

Returning on Wednesday, the lawmakers said they made clear to Assad that they support Bush and were not representing the administration. But they said they felt it was important to keep open lines of communication.

"This is an area where we would disagree with the administration," Aderholt said. "None of us in the Congress work for the president. We have to cast our own votes and ultimately answer to our own constituents. ... I think there's room that we can try to work with them as long as they know where we draw the line."

A White House spokesman, Alex Conant, said the administration tries to deter lawmakers from both parties from engaging Assad.

"We discourage all visits to Syria because it's a state sponsor of terror," he said. "A lot of officials have gone, and it hasn't changed the Syrians' behavior."

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Associated Press writer Kimberly Hefling contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; dhimmipubs; part; republicans; syria

1 posted on 04/04/2007 7:57:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
I say we give them to Syria for three players to be named later.
2 posted on 04/04/2007 7:58:32 PM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Screw these weasels. Bush should have them arrested.


3 posted on 04/04/2007 7:59:10 PM PDT by pissant (Rudy fans: the Oprah republicans)
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To: msnimje

Why is it so bad to talk to people. When did U.S. foreign policy become bomb first, ask questions later?


4 posted on 04/04/2007 8:00:38 PM PDT by m3d1um
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To: m3d1um

What questions exactly do you have for Hamas?

Regards.


5 posted on 04/04/2007 8:02:06 PM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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To: m3d1um

1772.


6 posted on 04/04/2007 8:02:34 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: NormsRevenge
Stupid Party bump.

You'd think that in the Age of the Anecdote, these clueless dweebs would notice the phalanx tactics of the Democommies.

But, NOOOOOOO - "See! ONE Republican disagrees with Bush! See! SEE!"

7 posted on 04/04/2007 8:02:38 PM PDT by an amused spectator (The 1st Minnesota Regt died fighting a culture which embraced slavery. Think about it, Ellison.)
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To: pissant
Good idea but wishful thinking.

Problem is that we have 535 self-appointed commander in chiefs. Publicly at least, Bush doesn't’t seem to object.He lets them get away with it and they continue to act like CINC wannabees...

8 posted on 04/04/2007 8:02:41 PM PDT by joonbug
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To: m3d1um

Trouble is they support murder and you CANNOT trust them.


9 posted on 04/04/2007 8:03:43 PM PDT by ustanker (Secure the border!)
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To: m3d1um
When did U.S. foreign policy become bomb first, ask questions later?

Prolly when it was realized that Syria ended up with most of Iraq's WMDs...

10 posted on 04/04/2007 8:04:00 PM PDT by an amused spectator (The 1st Minnesota Regt died fighting a culture which embraced slavery. Think about it, Ellison.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Three useful Republican idiots, fortunately there are not too many of them in the Republican party.


11 posted on 04/04/2007 8:04:32 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: NormsRevenge
C'mon folks should we REALLY be scared of a guy who drinks scotch and resembles Beeker from the old Muppet Show?

Nevertheless, Pelosi's buddy act with a certain Syrian dentist is a bit too much. He is, after all, playing the "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" game with the scum who are crossing his border to kill our soldiers and Marines.

12 posted on 04/04/2007 8:05:13 PM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values! RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Great News Republican's For Terrorists!!!Join with Gramma Nancy "Hanoi Jane" Pelosi against your own President.

Make peace with the Devil, loose freedom (Neville Chamberlin (note to self) after advising Europe and particularly Britains, after meeting with Hitler and declaring "Peace in Our Time!!!")

13 posted on 04/04/2007 8:05:59 PM PDT by zerosix
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To: m3d1um

Perhaps because Syria is DIRECTLY involved in the deaths of some of our troops in Iraq? And that they are a major sponsor of terrorism?

Perhaps because Assad is no idiot, and can easily play that dumb ass Pelosi like a fish against her own country?

Perhaps because as a Democrat, by her own actions and that of her entire party has shown that she does not have the best interests of our country or our foreign policy at heart?

Ya think?


14 posted on 04/04/2007 8:07:27 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: rlmorel

I see your point, but why did the democrats send Nancy before George Bush asked Assad to come and talk to him one on one.

Why can’t we just usurp the United Nations and have direct talks.

We all can agree that the UN is worthless, but look how our relations are with Pakistan... much better than Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Is our only plan to talk like equals to nations who have the bomb? That is what these nations see, if you get the bomb the USA will talk to you..


15 posted on 04/04/2007 8:14:20 PM PDT by m3d1um
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To: m3d1um

your kidding, right?


16 posted on 04/04/2007 8:15:40 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: NormsRevenge

Today a new term is born, “Neville Chamberlain Republicans.”


17 posted on 04/04/2007 8:15:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: m3d1um

please go get real education, history is a great teacher.
try starting with 2001, shouldn’t be that challenging.


18 posted on 04/04/2007 8:17:02 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: bobby.223

No I’m really not kidding.


19 posted on 04/04/2007 8:17:43 PM PDT by m3d1um
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To: m3d1um

Why couldn’t Syria have talked to this popular and democratically oriented leader in Lebanon?
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-10-20-haririprobe_x.htm

Posted 10/20/2005 1:24 PM Updated 10/21/2005 9:28 AM

U.N. says Syria, Lebanon involved in Hariri killing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigation concluded that high-ranking Syrian and Lebanese security officials were involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a report released Thursday.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed Feb. 14 in a massive bomb explosion.
By Mahmoud Tawil, AP
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Why couldn’t Syria have not occupied Lebanon for the last couple of DECADES?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_occupation_of_Lebanon

During the Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon requested Syrian assistance as an Arab peacekeeping force. The Arab League agreed to send a peacekeeping force mostly formed by Syrian troops. Initially Syria’s mission was to protect the Christians; two years later, in 1978, Syria changed its position and sided with the PLO....
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Why couldn’t Syria have not assisted in arming Hezbollah with rockets to bombard Israel?
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http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=29728

Syria is supplying Iranian-backed Hezbollah with hundreds of new short-range rockets for attacks on northern Israel, reports Geostrategy, the global intelligence news agency.

The rocket was first offered to Hezbollah nearly two years ago. It has a range of 75 kilometers and is said to be a product of Syria’s defense industry.

Military sources say Syria’s new rocket is not very accurate. Damascus has reportedly been working on improving the launcher and developing a more stable version.

‘’Syria is developing Hezbollah into a military force that can fight Israel from Lebanon,’’ a senior Israeli military official said.
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Why couldn’t Syria stop the influx of jihadists who KILLED AMERICAN SOLDIERS??!?!?!?!?!
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15953&only

WASHINGTON, May 23 - Syria has halted military and intelligence cooperation with the United States, its ambassador to Washington said in an interview, in a sign of growing strains between the two nations over the insurgency in Iraq.

The ambassador, Imad Moustapha, said in the interview on Friday at the Syrian Embassy here that his country had, in the last 10 days, “severed all links” with the United States military and Central Intelligence Agency because of what he called unjust American allegations. The Bush administration has complained bitterly that Syria is not doing enough to halt the flow of men and money to the insurgency in Iraq.
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But Rodney, it was nice of you to remind us that “Lets all just get along.”

http://www.net4tv.com/voice/Story.cfm?storyID=1907


20 posted on 04/04/2007 8:17:54 PM PDT by sgtyork
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To: m3d1um

Wondering why we haven’t bombed them back to the Stone Age yet.

Talk doesn’t achieve anything but more talk. Talk creates confusion. Talk creates assinine rules. Talk makes one hoarse. Talk is a waste of time.


21 posted on 04/04/2007 8:19:55 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I understood them to have towed the line and made it clear that they supported the Administration to Syria, but, I am frink'n ticked about this. The Congress idiots are out of line and are at odds with the Constitution that they swore to support and defend.

All of them are running around with the mistaken belief that they represent the will of the American People. they are wrong. When Polosi says she is doing what the American People want she is either stupid, or believes we are too stupid to know the difference.

There is only one person in the whole world who represents the will of the American People. None of these A$$HOLES was elected by the majority of Americans. The Constitution grants only the Executive Branch to represent us to foreign nations. The Constitution also allows the President the authority to appoint any American Citizen to represent us in his place, but the Executive Branch told them not to go so they had no Constitutional authority to meet with anyone outside of this country and claim to represent the American People.

Now as American Citizens all of them had the right to go anywhere and meet with whoever they wanted to but only as an ordinary US Citizen who has no say over US Policy. Since they are not within the scope of their office WE SHOULD NOT BE PAYING FOR IT!!!!

If these people wanted to go as members of Congress, then they should have gone to the people who they represent and then had them vote on a bond to finance it.

I didn't vote for any of those people, they don't represent me or anybody who lives in my state but I'm expected to pay for it.

22 posted on 04/04/2007 8:20:18 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: m3d1um
Why is it so bad to talk to people. When did U.S. foreign policy become bomb first, ask questions later?
You are seriously ignorant of the facts. We are not bombing Syria nor are we giving them candy and roses for siding with Iran and other terrorists.

Syria has to earn the right to be treated as a respectable member of the world's nations by the US.
23 posted on 04/04/2007 8:20:51 PM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: joonbug

The guilty must be chastised, else pretty soon everyone runs amok and you’ve got a revolution. Everywhere I look the nuts are coming loose on our political machine.


24 posted on 04/04/2007 8:22:13 PM PDT by claudiustg (I curse you, Rudy of the Giuliani!)
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To: NormsRevenge

“This is an area where we would disagree with the administration,” Aderholt said. “None of us in the Congress work for the president. We have to cast our own votes and ultimately answer to our own constituents. ... I think there’s room that we can try to work with them as long as they know where we draw the line.”

So join the State Dept,if you want to go negotiate with foreign countries. Last time I checked the first job of a member of the House of Reps. is to take care of US business not foreign policy. These clowns can’t even get our immigration situation straightend out but they have time to go stick their noses in the Syrian issue !!!


25 posted on 04/04/2007 8:23:19 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: rockinqsranch

Until now I figured most people here had some level of intellect.

After reading your post and 3 years of reading this website, I now understand what kind of people I am dealing with.


26 posted on 04/04/2007 8:25:53 PM PDT by m3d1um
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To: acapesket
Funny how Olberman and Chrissy talking points always show up on FR, the same nite,lol!
27 posted on 04/04/2007 8:30:57 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: NormsRevenge
The White House, however, stayed relatively quiet about a similar trip just a few days earlier by Wolf and GOP Reps. Robert Aderholt (news, bio, voting record) of Alabama and Joseph Pitts (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania.

Possibly because the news channels weren't following their every move and splashing it all over the news so they could score political points like Nancy was trying to do.

28 posted on 04/04/2007 8:31:20 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: roses of sharon

I wouldn’t know, don’t watch TV.
Funny how the tard respond before he could possibly have had enough time to read Sgt. York’s links.
God forbid the poor dweebil should learn something!!
Generation “Hook Up”!!
It’s all about now, no compass, no intelligence, no morals, no direction.


29 posted on 04/04/2007 8:39:10 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: NormsRevenge

Aderholt is my Congressman. I just sent him some hate-mail over the trip to Syria.


30 posted on 04/04/2007 8:39:50 PM PDT by RatRipper
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To: pissant

Absolutely.


31 posted on 04/04/2007 8:46:06 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: m3d1um

Most unfortunate you have to stoop to a discussion of level of intellect.

Have you any idea the history of Islam relative to other religions, societies throughout this World? Have you no knowledge of the Slave Trade past or present? Have you a clue as to the beginning of our Navy? How ‘bout why the Marine Corp sings of the shores of Tripoli?


32 posted on 04/04/2007 8:48:27 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: m3d1um

Excellent question...Tis bad policy to ignore the mantra of keep your friends close, but your enemies closer...


33 posted on 04/04/2007 8:51:10 PM PDT by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: m3d1um
"After reading your post and 3 years of reading this website, I now understand what kind of people I am dealing with."

Impressive. Most people take, oh, three years to figure us out...
34 posted on 04/04/2007 9:32:11 PM PDT by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: m3d1um
Why is it so bad to talk to people.

You're talking about 8th century heathens who need a bath and a shave and use their own bodies as explosives.

The only dialogue is a gunshot to the temple.

35 posted on 04/04/2007 9:34:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: m3d1um

m3d1um, one of the basic tenets of dealing with people like Assad is that they view a willingness to talk about finding common ground and working out solutions to problems as WEAKNESS.

You make the mistake of thinking of this man in Western terms. This is the son of a man who murdered, in one fell swoop, 20,000 to 40,000 of his own people in a cold blooded massacre and razing of a Hama, a city in Syria. After bombing it to rubble and sending in his troops to kill anything that moved, they used cyanide gas to kill anyone still alive in the rubble, and then flattened what was left with bulldozers.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.


36 posted on 04/04/2007 9:39:35 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Arrest them, try them, hang them.

They do not make foreign policy and for them to think they have a right to disavow the prerogative of the Executive Branch is TREASON!

37 posted on 04/04/2007 9:43:03 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: m3d1um
Why is it so bad to talk to people. When did U.S. foreign policy become bomb first, ask questions later?

Oh. I must have misssed the clause in the Constitution where Congress conducts an independent foreign policy.
38 posted on 04/04/2007 9:49:52 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: NormsRevenge

the pubbie party is going to implode.


39 posted on 04/04/2007 9:50:52 PM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: NormsRevenge
Washington accuses Syria of backing Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups it deems terrorist organizations. The Bush administration also says Syria is contributing to the violence in Iraq by allowing Sunni insurgents to operate from its territory and is destabilizing Lebanon's government.

Wow, is that what the Bush Administration says?!

So what's the Bush Administration gonna DO about it?!

40 posted on 04/04/2007 9:51:39 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: ken21

It’s gonna be a race between the 2 parties as to who blows apart first..


41 posted on 04/04/2007 9:52:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: m3d1um

Talking works when you are dealing with reasonable people. These leaders ARE CRAZED MURDERERS WHO ONLY UNDERSTAND AN IRON FIST SHOVED IN THEIR FACE. Besides the fact they are proven LIARS! While Assad is sipping tea with these boneheads/traitors, he is sending fighters across the border TO KILL OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. While he is chit chatting away, he is SENDING WEAPONS ACROSS THE BORDER TO KILL OUR COUNTRYMAN. You see, that is why we should not be talking to him or any of the other nutjobs over there. Personally, I’d love to see the whole area made into a parking lot, bringing the ones that are left to their knees begging for mercy and offering up their oil so that I don’t have to pay 3 bucks a gallon anymore.


43 posted on 04/04/2007 10:32:37 PM PDT by panthermom (DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
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To: panthermom

couldn’t agree with you more but your wasting your time. he won’t get it.


44 posted on 04/04/2007 11:31:19 PM PDT by bobby.223
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