19 October 2007

One-Woman Foreign Policy

I'm quite surprised that Pelosi is going to back off the Turkey/Armenian/genocide resolution nonsene because, so far, she's gotten a complete pass from the usual media suspects on this one. Listen in the to most of the biggies, you'd think it was dumb dumb W screwing up the world again. They are often loathe to mention that Bush opposes the genocide declaration and fail to address the origin of the resolution.

Should this unimportant resolution pass, Pelosi herself will be responsible for the further alienation of Turkey, a stable ally on the edge of the Middle East, the enlarging of the battlefield in Iraq with regard to the Turks going after the PKK innorthern Iraq, and possibly cutting off logistical staging grounds for the coalition troops already there. Pelosi would brew this trifecta of Legislative-branch policymaking so she and Lantos and other Democrats cans suck up to a bloc of Armenian voters back in California.

Because the outside & visible pressure has really never mounted, my money is on an inside & unseen pressure from colleagues (DISSENT!) that has worked to change her priorities.

More here:
Is the Armenian resolution her way of unconsciously sabotaging the U.S. war effort, after she had failed to stop it by more direct means? I leave that question to psychiatry. Instead, I fall back on Krauthammer's razor (with apologies to Occam): In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.

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