Thursday, May 14, 2009
News Talk Online May 14, 2009: What Pelosi Knew
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just had a revelation. Her memory has returned. She now acknowledges that she was briefed on waterboarding by the CIA. But she insists the CIA mislead her in the briefing.
To prove this, she's asking the CIA to release notes of the briefing. Knowing full well, of course, that in the interest of national security, the spy agency can't - and won't.
The issue is, as Pelosi suggests, one of being mislead. But it's not about the CIA misleading her. It's about her misleading the public.
She repeatedly stood by her protests that she was never briefed about waterboarding until she could stand by them no longer. Had she come clean from the very beginning, she wouldn't be in this political mess.
Pelosi knows she's in political trouble. Capitol Hill journalists are reporting that even members of her own Democratic Party in Congress are saying that she "mishandled" the inquiries about her knowledge of the controversial interrogation technique. They aren't saying this on the record, of course. She is, after all, the House leader of their party and wields a lot of control.
But for starters, Pelosi should apologize to the American people and to her constituents for misleading us. Only then we can consider calling the CIA to task for misleading her.