Speaker Pelosi’s Unauthorized Diplomacy in Syria
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi undermined the Bush Administration’s Middle East policy during her trip to Syria. Under the U.S. Constitution, the executive branch has responsibility for formulating U.S. foreign policy, not Congress. Speaker Pelosi does not have the authority, the expertise, or the support staff to forge an alternative foreign policy for the United States, particularly in the volatile Middle East. Her independent diplomatic efforts in Syria have undermined U.S. foreign policy, hurt the interests of American allies, and set back international efforts to combat terrorism, stabilize Iraq, and strengthen Lebanese independence from Syria. Speaker Pelosi’s trip is the sort of diplomatic meddling by the legislative branch that the Constitution’s Framers sought to prevent.