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To which the Israelis responded (according to the Jerusalem Post) that, to the contrary, the Israeli PM had, "emphasized in his meeting with Pelosi on Sunday that although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the Axis of Evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East."

Not everyone thinks Pelosi Spring Break trip was dreadful. In an on-line chat between the editors of, and reporters for, the China People's Daily, this: Pelosi … posed for pictures with President Bashar Assad and held talks with him, which enabled the Syrian government to regard itself as part of the main-stream international society.

[Syrians] have given a very positive appraisal of Pelosi's Middle East trip. Elias Murad, editor of the ruling party's of Al-Baath Newspaper, noted that Pelosi's trip has affirmed the positive role of Syria ...

Before you think me too harsh, consider how the US press would have handled this story if everything were the same except the Speaker had been named "Newt" and the President had been named "Bill."

Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. Before you take off on your next Spring Break trip, maybe you should review that famous political health class movie: "Our Changing (Legislative) Bodies."

Nancy Pelosi: This Girl's Gone Wild.

On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links, links, links to the articles referenced above; a Mullfoto from New York City, and a Catchy Caption of the Day featuring Pelosi & Assad.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at