(Syrian Ambassador to the United States Imad Moustapha)
Remember that snappy Eminem song that pushed a kind of edgy vulgarity that seemed, still, like it couldn’t be deleted or ignored, Without Me?
These lyrics came to mind this morning when I learned that Syria’s Ambassador to Washington Imad Moustapha was not among those Arab Ambassadors meeting with Members of Congress today, in about an hour:
Without Me by Eminem
I know that you got a job Ms. Cheney but your husbands heart problem’s complicating
So the FCC wont let me be or let me be me so let me see
they tried to shut me down on MTV but it feels so empty without me. . .
Now this looks like a job for me so everybody just follow me
cuz we need a little controversy, cuz it feels so empty without me
Today at 2:30 pm, one hour from now, a “Members Only” meeting will be held with a group of Ambassadors from Middle Eastern states:
Ambassador Turki al-Faisal (Saudi Arabia)
Ambassador Zaid Bin Rad (Jordan)
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy (Egypt)
Ambassador Nabi Sensoy (Turkey)
Ambassador Salem al-Sabah (Kuwait)
Congressmen John Dingell (D-MI), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Nick Rahall (D-WV) are hosting the meeting in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
I am glad that any meeting like this is going on, but seriously, Syria — which does in fact have a diplomatic mission to the United States — should be included in this kind of Congressional fact-finding session. I think that all of the invited Ambassadors would in fact agree that Ambassador Moustapha should be there.
Four Senators have recently visited Syria — including John Kerry (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT).
While the White House may not want to chat with Syria, there is absolutely nothing keeping Congress from doing so.
Syria is in a completely different situation regarding open communications from Iran which does not have a diplomatic mission operating in Washington.
— Steve Clemons