May 10 2009
Nancy Pelosi is not stupid. She is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, fourth in line to lead this nation. But lately, she either wants America to think she is a few shades away from the Hollywood classical dumb blonde, or she thinks Americans are too slow to figure out she knew and condoned (through her lack of objection) the extreme interrogation methods used by the CIA to save thousands of lives.
Case in point: Does anyone think Nancy Pelosi simply ignores her staff and they do not report to her when they represent her at meetings? Doubtful:
A top aide toÂ Â House Speaker Nancy PelosiÂ attended a CIA briefing in early 2003 in which it was made clear that waterboarding and other harsh techniques were being used in the interrogation of an alleged al-Qaeda operative, according to documents the CIA released to Congress on Thursday.
Pelosi has insisted that she was not directly briefed by Bush administration officials that the practice was being actively employed. But Michael Sheehy, a top Pelosi aide, was present for a classified briefing that includedÂ Â Rep. Jane HarmanÂ (D-Calif.), then the ranking minority member of the House intelligence committee, at which agency officials discussed the use of waterboarding on terrorism suspect Abu Zubaida.
A Democratic source acknowledged yesterday that it is almost certain that Pelosi would have learned about the use of waterboarding from Sheehy. Pelosi herself acknowledged in a December 2007 statement that she was aware that Harman had learned of the waterboarding and had objected in a letter to the CIA’s top counsel.
Harman is the only one with credibility here. She voiced her views at the time. Pelosi is starting to parse words way too finely here. She knew what was going on, and she knew the information gleaned from the practice saved hundreds or thousands of lives. She is just not honorable enough to admit the truth.
I guess we could water board her to get the truth – but the fact is the truth is in her office files among the papers and notes she and her staff produced covering this matter. She has lied too much, protested too much, to now turn around and admit the truth.
So maybe she is not all that smart after all?