Rice & Pelosi: Get with the Program

It has been some time since this story first hit the news, but the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Syria has brought it to the foreground once again.  Before Rice’s visit, the newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi directly countered the U.S. policy towards Syria by making a trip to Damascus.  I was pretty shocked when I saw this had happened – and then with no repercussions.

It doesn’t matter how much you disagree with a current policy or perspective of the nation.  What does matter is that you support and respect your superiors’ decisions.  If a change in policy is what Pelosi wanted, she really should have gone about it the correct way; a way which doesn’t undermine the American’ government.  When you really think about it, that was a horrible message to send to the rest of the world.

Let’s say that Pelosi just got hired in as a vice president in a large corporation (instead of Speaker of the House).  At this company, the only people ahead of her are the president and the CEO.  If Pelosi began to speak with a competitive company without the approval of her superiors, you can bet she would have been fired on the spot!  Why?  Because you just don’t do that.

I feel as if the American public hasn’t heard the entire story on this matter.  But what else is new.  In my experience (although a short one), I have seen that politicians are the hardest people to get real, exact details from.  For example, Rice mentioned that on her trip she “exchanged pleasantries” with the Iranian Foreign Minister over lunch.  What in the world does that mean?  When I see that, I picture Rice and the Iranian Minister smiling, talking, and laughing over a good meal – like best friends.

However, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said, “They [Rice and the Iranian Foreign Minister] said hello, that’s about it.” 

So that’s what it means to “exchange pleasantries”.  Well in that case, I exchange pleasantries all the time!  I guess I could be a pretty good Secretary of State!

In the end, the politicians today need to stop stabbing this country in the back.  They need to act professionally, be straight forward in relaying information to the public (their employers), and start achieving real, tangible, and positive results for our nation.

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3 Responses

  1. Actually, the president isn’t exactly Pelosi’s superior. He is head of the executive branch which is separate from the legislative branch, of which she is a part, and head of one of the divisions. And she can act quite independently of the president.

  2. My apologies anonymous. I was thinking in terms of those in-line for presidency. However, regardless if the President is not her superior, respect still needs to be given to co-workers, the government foreign policy, and to professionalism.

  3. I disagree with Pelosi’s actions. I also do not subscribe to supporting our government when an administration is struggling to find support for its agenda. That being said, Ms. Pelosi was not right. However, in a different venue…I do agree with her.

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