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Nelson Steps Over The Line
By Micah Halpern

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I've Been Thinking:

I was surprised to get the email announcement from Syria proclaiming that Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida was visiting and meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

I am distressed that Bill Nelson has still not received an official slap on the wrist.

Nelson was in The Region, he met with Israelis, Palestinians, Iraqis and Jordanians and then he popped over to Syria to meet with Assad.

Who does he think he is?

A United States senator does not just go around conducting independent foreign policy that totally contradicts official current policy.
The State Department reluctantly tagged along and sent reps from the US Embassy in Amman.
But by law Nelson may not use any of his senatorial money and travel allocations to visit Syria.

I await the response of the White House and the Justice Department.
Nelson stepped way over the line even if he was advancing a democratic research and information gathering mission.

Assad and the Arab world are loving this, the papers are full of op-eds and predictions.

If there is one foreign policy in the United States it is this:
You do not test the waters until you are in power.

4 June 2017 12:14 PM in Thoughts

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