Poor Nancy Pelosi. For more than two years, our beloved House Speaker has been fighting for the public interest, toiling to restore “integrity and civility” to the Capitol’s lower chamber, and striving to shape the most ethical Congress in world history. And what is her reward for this selfless service? The cruel wrath of a vicious, widespread, nonpartisan conspiracy—designed to convince the American public that she is lying and playing politics with national security. This cabal is especially insidious because it involves so many disparate, and seemingly unrelated, players. Further still, its nefarious and remarkably prescient architects had the foresight to begin crafting the phony case against Pelosi years ago, fabricating evidence and coordinating lies as far back as 2002. These people must be exposed and thwarted to preserve Mme. Pelosi’s honor.
The first, and most obvious, group of co-conspirators is the GOP. As Pelosi pointed out at Thursday’s press conference—during which she exhibited her trademark unflappable demeanor and grasp of the facts—Republicans are exploiting the emergence of this manufactured scandal to distract the public from the real culprits: Themselves. “This is a diversionary tactic to take the spotlight off the people who conceived, developed, and implemented these policies, which all of us long opposed,” the Speaker explained, her face taut with what some observers described as righteous indignation.
Several specific Republicans have exhibited particularly dastardly behavior. Congressman Peter Hoekstra’s staff has informed journalists that the Michigan representative is seeking the release of memos he’s personally reviewed that clarify precisely what Pelosi was told during the infamous September 2002 CIA briefing on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT’s). Pelosi has been absolutely clear about what happened during that meeting, and it’s offensive that anyone would go out of his way to contradict her April 23, 2009 recollection: “At that, or any other briefing, we were not—I repeat—were not told that waterboarding or any of these other Enhanced Interrogation Methods were used.”
Yet Hoekstra spokesman Jamal Ware still claims that the memos the Congressman purportedly reviewed document that Pelosi was, in fact, briefed on multiple EIT’s, including waterboarding. Did Hoekstra simply not hear the Speaker’s remarks? She made it perfectly clear that she was not, repeat: was not, told about the use of these methods. Her’s is a much more forceful and straightforward assertion than his coy games involving yet-to-be-produced “memos.”
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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