Pelosi Excuses Thread | Main | California Pageant Co-Director Shanna Moakler Resigns, Stating Her "Conscious" (sic) Will Not Permit Her to Continue Associating With the Likes of Dirty, Dirty Carrie Prejean
Update: Palin Enters Fray
May 14, 2009

Oh. My. God.

I know this has been well-covered. But I've been catching up (sick, again) and I just need to post the video anyway.

This is jaw-dropping: At around 5:00, Nancy Pelosi asserts that her top aide, whom she sent to the Feb. 2003 briefing on her behalf, only told her that a briefing had happened, but did not tell her a single nugget of information from the briefing itself.

That is her claim. Her aide came back and said, "Yes, as expected, there was a briefing." She claims she didn't then ask the follow-up, "Yeah, I know, what did they say?" or for some unfathomable reason he refused to tell her.

PELOSI: Have a nice briefing?

AIDE: Oh yeah, super. Very interesting.

PELOSI: What about?

AIDE: Torturing terrorist suspect Zubaydah.

PELOSI: ...

AIDE: ...

PELOSI: ...

AIDE: ...

PELOSI: I'm going shoe shopping after lunch. Come with?

She also claims that she didn't feel she had the responsibility or the time to write a letter or co-sign Harman's letter, or raise any objection at all, because she was too busy doing the real work of trying to stop torture, i.e., fighting partisan battles to take back Congress and then, much later, the Presidency.

There may be some truth there, though Pelosi didn't intend to reveal it: The reason she didn't object is that EITs were then, as they still are, politically popular, and therefore any party which wanted to capture Congress or the Presidency had better appear "tough on terrorists" and not confirm the public's perception of them as weak and overly fussy about terrorists' comfort levels.

So really, basically, she's claiming what we all know to be true: She didn't object because she realized that would be politically damaging, were it leaked, and all she really cared about was winning elections.

Oh, and Joe Lieberman swats away the Pelosi Defense, asserting the CIA is candid with him.



digg this
posted by Ace at 02:19 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
qdpsteve: "Not foist!! ..."

Grump928(C): "[i]I just found two cans of sauerkraut that is two ..."

qdpsteve: "Foist!! ..."

The Political Hat: "Progressive Utopia: Fake Science; Evil Words; Auth ..."

penguin with ice cream on his face: "[i]I'm sealed on the Privy[/i]Interesting. ..."

qdpsteve: "Bertram: will the commercial feature Ted Nugent?? ..."

Skandia Recluse: "Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 19, 2017 09: ..."

Pug Mahon, Gentleman Drunkard: "Looking like a Yankees-Dodgers series. YYYAAAAA ..."

Bertram Cabot, Jr.: " [i]Just saw a commercial for Abby's...venison sa ..."

Aetius451AD Work Laptop: "Murdering millions of people from ideological hatr ..."

boulder terlit hobo: "here's Macc Lads for the 'nettes - https://www. ..."

W. J. Clinton: "[i]How bulgy is the can? Posted by: Bitter Clinge ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64