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April 18, 2004
Another Grandstand Tour?

Jesse Jackson wants to insert himself into the hostage strategy currently being employed by the desperate Islamofascists operating in Iraq, continuing his self-aggrandizing world tour and threatening to legitimize the al-Sadr and Fallujah terrorists:

American civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday that he has "had prayer" with the wife of Thomas Hamill, an American contractor abducted in Iraq, and promised his family he would try to win his freedom. ...

"If I knew who was holding them, I would appeal to them directly," Jackson said. "We've already begun to make some back-channel contacts to them."

He said he was willing to travel to Iraq to negotiate for the hostages, but only "if I know with whom to talk and know where to go."

Jackson, whose political influence has waned severely over the past few years thanks to personal difficulties, obviously wants to put himself back into the media limelight. However, if the Bush administration is serious about fighting a war, they should make every effort to keep Jesse under wraps. The last thing we need is a media circus making these hostage-taking idiots stars on the evening news. The last three presidents couldn't bring themselves to bar Jesse from his free-lance diplomacy, but we weren't at war, either. Any effort on his part to insinuate himself into Iraq should be met with a Logan Act investigation.

And if Jimmy Carter has any designs on starting his own diplomacy, they should do the same thing.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 18, 2004 8:47 PM

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