Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Pelosi’s “Alternative” Foreign Policy
I took some time last week to poke fun at The Pelosi’s pilgrimage to Damascus where she met with Syria’s Thug-In-Chief Bashar Assad. Never mind that her motorcade had to serpentine its way through the corpse ridden streets just to get to Assad’s office, The Pelosi was bound and determined to make headlines as she wore her Little-Tan-Riding-Hood scarf.
The Pelosi would like the American people and the world to believe she has some power over America’s foreign policy. She would have the world believe there is an alternative to the W Administration and they should come to her as opposed to W and Company. This isn’t the first time the illusion of a shadow administration has been tried – at least if you believed John “Lurch” Kerry when he spoke about the legions of foreign leaders who came to him to bemoan US policies.
There is really only one problem with The Pelosi’s fetish for masquerading as someone with the power to change or otherwise influence US foreign policy – she has no such power. There’s this little document on file at the National Archives which vests all power relating to foreign policy to the Executive Branch of the US Government – that particular document is the United States Constitution. This may come as a surprise to The Pelosi, but she’s not the Chief Executive mentioned in the Constitution.
It turns out this isn’t the first time someone other than the President has sought to go abroad claiming to represent the United States. Last week, Robert Turner wrote a Wall Street Journal piece in which he chronicled the origin of the Logan Act of 1799. This law (which remains on the books) makes it a felony
for any American, "without authority of the United States," to communicate with a foreign government in an effort to influence that government's behavior on any "disputes or controversies with the United States."Obviously this law is seldom if ever enforced because many signatories to the 1984 “Dear Commandante” letter still roam the halls of the US Congress.
What brings me to comment on The Pelosi’s foreign affairs is simple. She went to Damascus and succeeded in doing little more than embarrass herself with an attempt at shuttle diplomacy which even the Washington Post deemed to be a pratfall. In so doing she committed a felony for which she probably won’t ever be charged. Fine.
Today, however, the (less than) honorable Tom Lantos (D-Ca) announced that he and The Pelosi are interested in making a diplomatic trip to Iran. Said Lantos:
Speaking just for myself, I would be ready to get on a plane tomorrow morning, because however objectionable, unfair and inaccurate many of (Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's) statements are, it is important that we have a dialogue with him. Speaking just for myself, I would be ready to get on a plane tomorrow morning, because however objectionable, unfair and inaccurate many of (Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's) statements are, it is important that we have a dialogue with him.The Pelosi, while not specifically endorsing such a trip, did not dispute Lantos’ statement.
This silliness has gone just about as far as it should be allowed to go. There is one foreign policy issuing forth from the United States. The President of the United States is, by Constitutional definition, the Head of State. Affairs of State are handled by the Department of State – not the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Pelosi and her merry band of Congressional Jackasses may think its fun to get on a plane and take tea with a bunch of thuggish murdering dictators in foreign countries. If they continue to work this web of a shadow administration, then they should have to answer for their actions in the real world where the rest of us have to live.
In the real world, when people break laws they pay the consequences. Should The Pelosi continue with her illegal actions, then W should stand up and enforce the rule of law embodied in the Logan Act.
Here endeth the lesson.