By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 17, 2007
“Catch and release” refers to the popular fishing practice of releasing the hooked fish so that he can live and participate in that great sport another day. It has also been applied to our overcrowded prison system. Often judges release prisoners convicted of misdemeanors and minor crimes, sentencing them to something other than prison time like community service.
If only we had “Catch and release” for politicians. We often elect people to high office that turn out to be, let us say, releasable.
We’d nominate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Catch and Release.
Ms. Pelosi has put her own self and the interest of her small congressional constituency ahead of the national interest.
Last spring, Ms. Pelosi embarked upon what she called a “peace mission” to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories. She was widely criticized for overstepping her authority as Speaker of the House and meddling in the job of the Secretary of State.
These past few weeks, Ms. Pelosi has championed an idea floated by her Armenian-American constituents to brand Turkey as a nation that fosters “genocide.” Sounds harmless enough. But the atrocities some call genocide started in 1915 and were committed by the now defunct Ottoman Empire.
Turkey took umbrage.
In fact, Turkey, though which some seventy percent of U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war logistics flow, told its Ambassador in Washington DC to come home for “consultations.” Then Turkey threatened to stop support for the U.S. in the war. Now the Turkish parliament will apparently vote to invade Iraq to wipe out the troublesome Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Turkey that any incursion into Iraq would be unwelcome and “destabilizing.”
Ms. Pelosi, to satisfy a small local constituency, has muddled international relations on a grand scale.
If only we had catch and release for politicians.
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