24 April 2007

A few cartoons

5 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Regrading Pelosi in Syria, if you are objecting to Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Syria, then I am guessing that you share the same ill will towards Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), David Hobson (R-OH), and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey, all of whom have visited Syria within the last month. Or is it only OK when Republican officials visit Syria?

24 April, 2007 14:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It would depend on what they were doing there. If they were trying to represent themselves to the Syrian regime as speaking for the United States, then yes, I would object to that just as much. Foreign policy is a function of the executive branch and should be handled by duly-appointed officials of that branch, without meddling by legislators, whether they are of the same party as the President or the opposite one. The United States government should speak with one voice to foreign governments.

24 April, 2007 15:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

PS For obvious reasons the same objection would not apply to the Assistant Secretary of State, assuming she went there at the behest of the Secretary of State or the President. I'm not familiar enough with these visits to know the circumstances. Pelosi's actions had a much higher profile, probably because of her new position as Speaker.

24 April, 2007 15:35  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

But your assertion would of course have to show evidence that Speaker Pelosi stated or acted as if she represented the United States. As far as meddling in world affairs by legislators, if you feel that Pelosi has posed a problem, then I am sure then that you were outraged (at least to some degree) by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingritch's clash with the Clinton administration foreign policy before and during his travels abroad to China and Israel in the 1990’s.

P.S. I had meant to say that I really liked the "crazy person vs. pillar of society" comic!

24 April, 2007 18:40  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I am sure then that you were outraged

Linking to a single cartoon (among several) is hardly evidence of anything as strong as "outrage".

by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingritch's clash with the Clinton administration foreign policy before and during his travels abroad to China and Israel

Assuming that the information in the link is accurate, then yes, that was also inappropriate.

For the record, I found Bill Clinton far preferable over George Bush as a President. But the crucial issue is the upholding of the Constitutional order.

I had meant to say that I really liked the "crazy person vs. pillar of society" comic!

So did I.....

24 April, 2007 20:01  

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