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.


Technoid said...

She is such a bad thing for this country that this makes me very happy. The sooner she steps down and lets someone with some form of decency take that position, the better. The liberals are out of control under the super liberal Obama and the next elections are still too far off to save us. Maybe enough of them will have meltdowns to help in the mean time.

Reaganite Republican Resistance said...

Apparently Pelosi and Obama forgot something: the CIA KILLS people... it's in their job description.

Did those two really think that these killers were going to just meekly take-one-for-the-team... when the team captain is a lying, incompetent, arrogant nebbish who has basically told them they need to kiss his ring? -please

Obama really kicked an ant hill with his ill-advised and politically motivated release of Bush Administration memos regarding EITs- I'm sure he already regrets it.

Let's have a hearing and get it all out there, shall we? Then watch the rats scatter who attacked Bush for protecting the country from terrorist attack... but who clearly knew what was going on five years before we heard a peep out of them.

Anonymous said...

nancy pelosi reminds me of another person in politics RICHARD NIXON.
They both have misjudged that the American public is stupid and cannot see through all the nonsense that she babbled to the press. Hopefully she will follow in Nixon's footsteps and head back to California as Nixon did for good. She is an embarassment to our country and needs to resign and let someone else take her place. I think the CIA will not take kindly to being trashed by Ms Pelosi and will blow her out of the water very soon.

Heidi of Vermont said...

Here she goes again..Lie lie lie.. I don't think she would know the truth if it came up and bit her in the Butt. If she knows the CIA can't release these breifing then why demand them to be exposed. It's only to cover her own butt. She is the biggest supporter of the demise of our country. She is a power hungry, money grabbing, back stabbing (bleep). The worst thing that happened to our country is her getting power in the Senate. But hey let her go down with her ship. Which she will. Do you really think the CIA will stand by and allow her to call her a lier? I don't think so. Let them deal with her. I'm sure they will handle her the same way they have anyone else that has crossed them.

THE LonesomeDove said...

Poor, deceitful, lying, mendacious, duplicious fallacious, not-overly-bright and now scandal-ridden Nancy Pants has come undone.

NEWT GINGRICH TELLING IT LIKE IT IS - AND PRETTY MUCH SAID IT ALL!"I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don't think the speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters."

"She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior."

"Speaker Pelosi's the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent or dishonest. Those are the only two defenses. The fact is, she either didn't do her job, or she did do her job and she's now afraid to tell the truth."

THE LonesomeDove said...

Gary, you said, "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."Really... Hmmm.

I apologize for not reading your comments through the first time. I could say I was very tired yesterday, but that's no excuse. The truth is, I simply wasn't diligent; and, after a re-read found your final comment to be equivocal.

The evidence (and witnesses) decries any notion that Pelosi was mislead. She has been caught in her own web of lies and more to the point, as Newt Gingrich said, "...viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes...".

So it is Pelosi, along with any journalist who tries to further mislead the public on her behalf by skewing, slanting, sugar-coating and soft peddling her actions and encouraging the public to give her a pass for the "narrowest of purposes", that should be brought to task - not the CIA! That dog won't hunt - and that door won't open.

Isn’t it time you recognize and admit that, intoxicated with her own sense of power, Nancy Pelosi intentionally lied and deluded herself into believing those lies would go unchallenged. And, in addition, if Pelosi truly is such a dullard that she lacked the intellectual capacity to comprehend and digest the CIA briefing in question - as I guess from your comment you would like us to believe - then she truly is incompetent.