The Road to Damascus
As reported by Debka and Fox News, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) leads a series of direct meetings with Bashar Assad
, president of Syria, in a manner not unlike Jimmy Carter's DIY diplomacy. Following him will be no less than Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and everyone's favorite nominal Republican, Arlen Specter (PA).
It probably doesn't rise to the level of the Logan Act
(and I don't know that it really applies to senators) but it does show, at best, disregard for President Bush's leadership in matters of state and, at worst, dangerously shortsighted linear thinking, even to the point of Sen. Nelson saying he's "not ready" to visit Tehran yet.
CNN and Debka
add that this has happened even as President Bush has called for the release of Syrian political prisoners and an end to Syrian interference in Lebanese politics
And I submit that this is the most egregious example in my memory of politicians identifying themselves as Democratic directly undermining the mores of democracy itself, lending moral equivalence to Syrian minority rule.
University students were the vanguard of the Khomeini revolution in 1979. Now it appears some students are increasingly organizing into reformist camps, as evidenced during a speech in which Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was interrupted by heckling, firecrackers and the burning of his portrait
It might be a slow process but the world is beginning to see that the hardliners are hardly ruling with a united front.