Re: Re: Re: Kurtzer, Overreaching

I was a little surprised by all the brouhaha (see here, here, and here) over Daniel Kurtzer’s trip to Damascus. Not that I think this trip was the best of ideas–but what’s the fuss all about? Kurtzer is only one more tourist in a long chain of more senior travelers to the capital of Syria. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, was there. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania was there. Senator Bill Nelson was there in 2006, and as far as I remember he was accompanied in this trip by his advisor Dan Shapiro (now officially with the Obama campaign). One can also add to this long list the name of Condi Rice, who met with her Syrian counterpart in 2007 (though the meeting was in Egypt). And don’t forget that the Bush administration invited Syria to attend the Annapolis peace conference.

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