Posted by Joshua on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
Click here to listen to Michael Young of the Daily Star and Joshua Landis discuss the Pelosi visit. Move the cursor half way through the show to the second half-hour segment to begin with the Pelosi visit and skip the Iran hostage release. Hassan Fattah of the NYTimes and others also join in.
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conducts international diplomacy in Syria. Is she undermining President Bush or is it time for a breakthrough?"
Speaker Pelosi Conducts Her Own Diplomacy in Syria ( 12:23P)
Despite President Bush's objections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met today in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Afterward, Pelosi told reporters she "expressed concern" about Syria's support of Hamas and Hezbollah. She also carried the message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Omert that he is ready for peace talks. Describing the meeting, Syrian cabinet minister Bouthaina Shaaban said praised Pelosi for sending the right message to the Arab people and for coming to the region to "solve problems rather than to launch wars." The meeting–which Syrian officials are calling a "victory"–is being carefully watched in Lebanon. Is Pelosi's international diplomacy in Syria undermining President Bush or is it time for a breakthrough? We hear from journalists in the US and Middle East, historians and policy experts.
- Hassan Fattah: Middle East Correspondent for the New York Times
- Michael Young: Opinion Editor for the Daily Star
- Joshua Landis: Assistant Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma
- Brian Darling: Congressional Analyst for the Heritage Foundation
- Charles Kupchan: Director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations