'But We Didn't Know Saddam Arranged It'
We now learn that Saddam Hussein's IIS intelligence service arranged the 2002 trip to Iraq for three US Congressmen, each Democrats openly seeking to undermine the Bush Administration's efforts to disarm - by force if necessary - Saddam Hussein, who was rightly believed to be involved in international terrorism. Now they collectively claim that they did not know that Iraq's intelligence service arranged for their trip.
No excuses. The End.
The three - and their other colleagues - knew precisely what kind of individual and regime they were dealing with. They knew that their trip was intended to ultimately assist Hussein by going against their American President. No more talk of somehow being able to do things counter to the President of the United States without those actions simultaneously being of benefit to the enemy, be it Hussein, Bashar Assad and his Syrian regime or Ahmadinejad and the rest of the Iranian regime.
One cannot claim to be wise in the ways of nuance - if any of these elected officials' words and actions are to be interpreted as routinely transmitted - and then turn around and claim ignorance to the fact that the Iraqi regime was all for what they were doing. For it to the point of making their trip happen, such a media coup it was for the self-professed enemy of America.
The same applies to elected officials (and any others) who insist on 'diplomatic' junkets to have tea with the dictatorial leaders of states whom the official US policy includes no diplomatic ties. The congressional trip to Syria to meet with Bashar Assad is another prime example.
No excuses. None. You know what you were/are doing. Don't act surprised when you learn their intelligence services are busy arranging and facilitating your aid to them.
It is one thing to disagree with one's president and his policies. It's also one thing to have internal and public debate - even heated and passionate. But it is another to travel to the home of the enemy - regardless the course of action you argue for at home - and surrender a media and propaganda coup to those who are our enemies.
There is responsible dissent and conduct and there is irresponsible dissent and conduct. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), and former Representative David E. Bonior (D-MI) either did not know the difference or did not care.
If these three are shocked at the revelations about their irresponsible dissent and conduct, they are either disingenuous or far too naive to be embarking on international diplomatic junkets rubbing elbows with the enemies of America.
Neither is acceptable. At all.