Despite the fact that I was proud to see the first woman chosen as the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has proven to be a bitter disappointment. In almost every political news show I have watched where she has appeared, in almost every news conference she has held, she reflects indecisiveness and the inability to coherently communicate her position on many critical topics.
I find her appearances and her halting manner of presenting her views on various positions akin to watching the painful performances of George W. Bush as he stumbled and mumbled through his dozens of news conferences and appearances.
Her latest foray is to take on the CIA by claiming that she and Congress were lied to about the use of the torture technique of water boarding. While I am sure the CIA is quite capable of fabricating and manipulating facts a la its attempts to tie Al Qaeda to Iraq and Iraq to 9/11, Pelosi’s attempts to justify her statements leave one feeling like the Aflac duck shaking its head in wonder.
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The incident or incidents in question occurred in August 2002 when CIA contractors water boarded Al Qaeda ally Abu Zubaydah. In what has now become – and will probably remain so – a “he said, she said” battle, Pelosi’s news conference on May 14th, does nothing to support her claim that she knows what she is discussing. Here is a sample of how the conference went:
PELOSI: He informed me that the briefing had taken place. We were not in a place where he could — that was all that he was required to do. We’re not in a setting — we weren’t in — I’m no longer the ranking member on intelligence. He just informed me and that the letter was sent. That is the proper person to send the letter, the ranking member of the — of the Intelligence Committee.
So my statement is clear, and let me read it again. Let me read it again. I’m sorry. I have to find the page.
I was informed that the Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogations was legal. The only mention of waterboarding was that the briefing — in the briefing was that it was not being employed.
When — when — when my staff person — I’m sorry, the page is out of order — five months later, my staff person told me that there had been a briefing — informing that there had been a briefing and that a letter had been sent. I was not briefed on what was in that briefing; I was just informed that the briefing had taken place.
I am sure Pelosi is intelligent and knowledgeable, but it sure doesn’t come through to any great extent in her communication efforts.
So quack, quack. All I have to say at this point is lead or get out of the way.