US House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi is about to visit Damascus to meet President Bashar Al-Assad.
She is the first female leader of the House, and is Bush’s main opponent. As a Democrat, she is the face of the mid-term elections last November which saw Bush’s Republicans defeated in both American Houses of Parliament.
Bush tried to talk her out of the visit, but she is going anyway – albeit after a ‘briefing’ from the White House.
She is going with Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to congress – as well as Tom Lantos, chairman of the House foreign affairs committee.
It is the latest move to end Bush’s isolation of Syria – the EU Foreign Policy chief, and a US minister in Bush’s government visited earlier this month. Pelosi’s trip, though, is undoubtedly the most high profile.