“A top aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 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,” The Post front page reported.
This contradicts what Pelosi has said. “We were not -- I repeat -- were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” she told reporters on April 23. So her aide knew but she didn’t?
In an attempt to answer that, Pelosi spoke to reporters on May 14. “I wasn’t briefed. I was told -- informed that someone else had been briefed about it,” she insisted. That “someone” would have been her aide.
Still, Pelosi insisted, “I wasn’t informed. I was informed that a briefing had taken place. Now, you have to look at what they briefed those members. I was not briefed that. I was only informed that they were briefed, but I did not get the briefing.” Got that?
Apparently her aide went to the briefing and learned about waterboarding, but never mentioned it to Pelosi. Although, if that’s the case, why did he go to the briefing at all? Pelosi’s answer seems to indicate her aide’s job was simply to go to briefings and then inform her he’d been to them, but not fill her in with the details of the briefings. Great work, if you can get it.
In her defense, Pelosi was pretty busy in 2003. “I was fighting the war in Iraq at that point, too, you know,” she told reporters. Really? In a tank? An F-16?
In the same news conference, Pelosi highlighted what’s really the most important thing for liberals, and has been for years. “We needed to elect a new president. We did,” Pelosi announced. In case anyone missed it, she later returned to the point. “We had to win the election to make the change. We did.” For the left, beating Bush and gaining power is all that seems to have mattered.
On Inauguration Day, ultra-leftist Susan Sarandon cooed that President Obama, “is a community organizer like Jesus was, and now we’re a community and he can organize us.” This perfectly captures the views of the left, because it ignores a crucial fact: We remain a community, no matter which party controls the White House.
Maybe some Washington expert can eventually write a book explaining how to get liberals to support a conservative president during a time of war. That would be worth reading.