Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “met Syria’s foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years.” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA), who earlier said Vice President Cheney would rather see Speaker Pelosi “in the kitchen” than conducting diplomacy, released a statement on Rice’s meeting:
As a lifelong internationalist, Secretary Rice knows better than most the great value of face-to-face discussion, even those with whom we strongly disagree. Now the Secretary will meet with her Syrian counterpart. This is a marked improvement in the Administration’s ostrich policy approach, and a tacit admission of how wrong it was last month in criticizing the Speaker of the House and congressional colleagues, including myself, for going to Damascus. It is infinitely better to confront in a firm but civilized way those with whom we disagree than simply to give them the silent treatment.