Speaker Pelosi on Treasonously Thin Ice
- 21 October 2007 by Author 0 Comments
Speaker Pelosi on Treasonously Thin Ice
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 10/21/07
Our current Speaker of the House in Washington, and her comrades, are treading increasingly on the thin ice of treason against the United States. Article Three, Section Three of the Constitution states that “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Obviously frustrated by the fact that she hasn’t been able to muster the contrarian leadership to simply discontinue funding our efforts in Iraq, Pelosi attempted a scrupulous end-run by alienating one of our key allies in the Iraq conflict. By pushing through the House Foreign Affairs Committee a vote to condemn Turkey’s Ottoman Empire for “genocide” against the Armenians in 1915, Pelosi threatens further destabilization of the region, alienating a key Islamic ally, and curtailing current military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
What other motivation could there be for the resolution at this time? It’s not like there is a timeline for identifying global atrocities that must be met. There can only be one possible motive: angering Turkey and circumventing our operations in the Middle East.
Pelosi’s actions have at least partially met her objectives. Turkey reacted immediately and vociferously on Thursday by recalling its ambassador from Washington and threatening to withdraw its support for U.S. operations running through Turkey in supplying and supporting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, vehemently condemned Pelosi’s efforts. “Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games,” the President said. All I can say to the President is, welcome to American politics, where the modus operandi of the Congress, as led by Speaker Pelosi, is indeed playing political games regardless of consequences to our national security. No wonder they languish with an 11% approval rating.
The Turkish Parliament has also acted quickly in the wake of Pelosi’s last string of blunders, by authorizing their military to cross the border into northern Iraq to strike at Kurdish separatists seeking independence from Turkey. They have not done so as of yet, but the repercussions from Pelosi’s political games risk significantly escalating turmoil in what is already a raucous region.
Other than disabling our military in the region, the only other reason Pelosi might be pushing this right now would be the propensity for those of her political persuasion to engage in symbolic rather than substantive measures for the “feel good” effect. If this is the case, the costs of such meaningless symbolism could be significant, and attests to the detachment from reality that she and her comrades suffer from.
The Speaker maintains that now is the time to address this because “Genocide still exists, and we saw it in Rwanda; we see it now in Darfur.” She’s been in Congress since 1987, and the Rwandan genocide was in 1994. Why didn’t she try to do something about that then? And the Darfur genocide has been going on since 2003. Why hasn’t she attempted to do something about that? Apparently because that may actually require doing something instead of “feel good” symbolism that gives George Bush a black eye and threatens the national security of America by placing our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq at risk with no support.
If Turkey moves ahead with incursions into Iraq broadening the violence there and Turkey disallows us continued use of bases and airspace for supplying our troops, Ms. Pelosi may end up with a lot of blood on her hands. Whether the measure, which is only symbolic and is non-binding, passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee moves on to the full House or not, the damage has been done. Gratefully, some of her fellow Congressmen are seeing the light (albeit belatedly, testifying to their collective ignorance and duplicity) and sponsors of the legislation are dropping like flies. In her inanity, Pelosi has vowed to bring the measure before the full House, oblivious to the potential consequences.
At the very least, Pelosi’s actions are treacherous, but I have a hard time not concluding that it is indeed treasonous. She has already visited Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism, and granted them “aid and comfort.” The possibility of crippling relations with Turkey placing our troops in peril must be greeted with glee by our enemies in the region. What more evidence is needed for us to ascertain whose side she is on? She certainly is not living up to her oath to “support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” and seems to be doing everything in her power to “aid and abet the enemy.” She embraces and fawns over our enemies while to intentionally alienating our allies. That is treason in my book!
Like my father used to say, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.