BUT SHE�S DESTROYING OUR FOREIGN POLICY! The Syrians are claiming credit, according to the excellent Julian Borger in The Guaridan, for persuading Iran of the �foolishness� of continuing to detain the British sailors and marines. Uh, who was in Syria yesterday? Wouldn�t it be interesting if it turns out that Nancy Pelosi played some sort of role, even a rhetorical one, in encouraging Syria to encourage Iran to release the 15? It doesn�t seem impossible to me that Syrian officials heard a plea from a reasonable, non-war-obsessed and non-region-destroying American and took it into consideration.

Of course, if this turns out to be the case, then she�ll just be accused of negotiating with state terror-sponsors. And this is something the Bush administration never does, as we all know. The fact that the United States is now apparently going to let Iranian officials have contact with the five Iranian nationals being held in Iraq is entirely coincidental and has nothing to do with the release of the British hostages and anyone who says so hates freedom!

--Michael Tomasky