Friday, April 06, 2007

Nancy Pelosi: Constitution Shredder

Like a super hero run amok, Nancy Pelosi is single handedly trying to run the country. Typical woman if you ask me: she gets a little power as Speaker and now she’s trying to take over the Executive Branch of government. Someone should put the US Constitution in front of her and remind her of Article I Section 2.

It’s bad enough that she’s shoving through legislation that limits the President’s ability to control troop movements, hardly within the purview of Congress:

The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States;

Now she’s flying around the Middle East creating foreign policy as she goes. Even the Washington Post and USA Today have taken her to task for stepping way, way over the line.

But here’s some of the really scary stuff:

From the Post:

"We [Pelosi & Assad] expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria," she said.

"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.

From USA Today:

Also along was House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Calif., who said the meeting was "only the beginning of our constructive dialogue with Syria, and we hope to build on this visit."

No matter that she claimed to have stuck closely to administration positions in her conversations with Assad, smiling photos of Pelosi and the Syrian president convey the unspoken message that while the U.S. president is unwilling to talk with Syria, another wing of the government is. Assad made good use of the moment.

"I don't care what the administration says on this," said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. "I want us to be successful in Iraq. I want us to clamp down on Hezbollah."

So, I ask, who’s shredding the Constitution now?

Blatantly, wantonly undermining US foreign policy because she, they, disagree is a dangerous precedent and Pelosi should be called to the carpet by the Administration the moment she steps her size 7 Prada’s on US soil.

And just so I make myself crystal clear, I don’t give a Goddamn who’s in the Oval Office or what party they belong to: It is the job of the President to set foreign policy and the job of the State Department to carry it out.

It is not the job of any member of Congress, and it sure as hell isn’t the job of the Speaker of the House, to undermine that policy.

Disagree if you wish, but express that disagreement with the Administration and keep your damn yap shut in public, especially on foreign soil.

Politically tone-deaf, politically blind, astoundingly ignorant or just plain doesn’t give a damn. The reason doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that Pelosi stepped way over the line on the one and should be yanked back so hard it undoes her plastic surgery.

LEARNEDFOOT ADDS: San Fran Nan ought not be as worried about the Constitutional implications of her freelance diplomacy as she should be about the very real consequences she could face (but almost certainly won't) under the Logan Act:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

18 USC s. 953

Yikes. I'm sure CREW is going to get right on this...

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