Friday, May 15, 2009


Speaker Nancy Pelosi essentially said yesterday that she is the victim of a CIA information operation directed against the constitutional leadership of the United States. So what else is new?
At a news conference in which she appeared—as she always does, every time she speaks—to be lying, Pelosi said that the CIA briefed her in February 2002 about water boarding and other torture techniques being contemplated by the CIA, but was specifically told that water boarding was not being used. In fact, by that time, Zubaydah had already been water boarded 83 times. Pelosi adamantly insists that while the CIA told her that it thought water boarding was legal, her briefers said it was not being employed.
Speaker Pelosi is back pedaling as fast as she can, and leaving a trail of bread crumbs that must...MUST lead to her stepping down from the Speakership for the good of the is a timeline thanks to the blog The Pundit Guy.
She claimed she was never briefed on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Then he stated she had not been briefed about the use of water boarding.
Then she confessed she did attend a briefing but there was no talk of any
enhanced interrogation techniques.
She then confessed she was briefed but she wasn’t made clear
on the definition of the techniques used.
Today, she confessed she was briefed but was never told about the fact
that waterboarding had been used on a terrorist suspect,
even though terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah
had been waterboarded a month before she was briefed on the subject in Sept. 2002.
A ridiculous pattern of half truths to say the least. Think the CIA actually lied to her? I believe Leon Panetta, Democratic CIA head and a former Clintonite who went on the record as saying...
"Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.”
Let's be clear, she has alienated the congressional players in the House and Senate, and now she stands toe to toe with one of the most powerful members of the Obama administration in public, which must be having the president's head spinning.
Not only has Pelosi lost all respect of the conservative base, she is losing it with her own party. Witness the quote from California Senator Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, who responded: "I think it's a tempest in a teapot really. Speaker Pelosi should have known all of this, she should have stopped this, she should have done this or done that. I don't want to make an apology for anybody, but in 2002, it wasn't 2006, '07, '08 or '09. It was right after 9/11, and there were in fact discussions about a second wave of attacks."
Nancy Pelosi has become a political joke long before this latest gaffe, but now she has earned the ire of the Congress, and the distrust of the American people, including her own party (of which I am a loyal supporter...but enough is enough). Worse yet, she makes it increasingly difficult for President Obama to reach across the aisle and begin to reach some kind of bi-partisan stirrings in Congress.
This is not the first gaffe of the Speaker, and merely one more in a long string of embarrassments to the party. My favorite was when she discussed abortion claiming that the Catholics objections to abortion only developed with the birth of the pill fifty years ago or so....
We have to stop the bleeding. She has to go. I know it, the President knows it, and most of the country knows it. Her only usefulness is she makes Joe Biden look careful with his rhetoric.

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