Hi Shelley - interesting column this week!   I understand your point, and to some extent agree that we are all on the same team and need to play together.  But - at the risk of sounding liberal - I have to reply about Nancy Pelosi’s trip.

 She is the leader of a co-equal branch of the US Government - same as the President.  The Executive branch of government is equal to the Congressional one - not above or below.  So - as the leader of that part, she is entitled to make the decision to follow the guidelines of the Iraq Study Group that recommend multilateral diplomacy with Iraq and it’s neighbors - including Iran and Syria - as a way of promoting stability in the region.  This group was headed up by James Baker, George Bush Sr’s Secretary of State - so it’s not like it’s a “liberal” versus “conservative” thing.  As a matter of fact, during the first Gulf War, the Bush administration working with Syria worked to keep tensions in the region at bay so that the problems at hand could be resolved.  

 She is doing her job - and I believe is doing it well.  The Constitution requires Congress to participate in both domestic and foreign policy decisions.  And her decisions to follow the bi-lateral recommendations, to me, is commendable.  I’m glad that someone in the government took the ISG recommendations seriously.  We can fight the war on one front, but to ignore diplomacy - even with “terrorists” - is to never be able to get to the root of the problems and resolve them.  Sometimes, the pen is, in fact, mightier than the sword.  

 Anyway - hopefully this country is big enough to allow a difference of opinion - even when the different opinion is not exactly popular, or our own.

 Keep up the great stuff, Shelley - you are an excellent writer!


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Dan Majors

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