PELOSI – WEAKNESS SHOWS IN CIA WATERBOARDING CONTROVERSY

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.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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18 Responses to PELOSI – WEAKNESS SHOWS IN CIA WATERBOARDING CONTROVERSY

  1. L. Marine says:

    Do you know how you can tell for sure when Nancy Pelosi is lying ?? Her lips move !!!

  2. Iceironman says:

    Thank you for your honesty on this. Now give me some on the country becoming socialist and we will be good. PS. Obama wants 3000 more of my money per year on changing over coal plants. He wants over 2000 for a new car with the higher standards. The banks are not loaning money. Why not nuclear? Why not let the car companies alone? You say I am paranoid on becoming socialist. Really? He is chosing the advertisement budget with companies, he is telling the banks what to do, he is paying for California with my money, taxation without representation. I dont support Cali and yet Im flippin the bill, And he has just getting started. Scarry for a guy who has to save to put kids thru college and pay for things.

  3. L. Marine:

    Your statement is true of many politicians – Republicans and Democrats.

    In fact, George W. Bush was one of the biggest liars in town.

  4. Ice:

    I write honestly on all my posts. You just happen to disagree with me 99.9% of the time. My view of Pelosi does not change my view of our country or the misinformation – scare tactics, if you will – out there that Republican talking, bobbing heads keep screeching about. By that I mean we are not even close to having a socialist society.

    Now when the government completely takes over “the means of production and distribution”, then maybe we have an issue. In the scheme of things, the government is involved in very few areas of private enterprise. Oh, and regulating businesses is not owning them, so don’t raise that argument again. 🙂

    I await the day that WalMart, etc. are under the government’s thumb. Then I might agree that we have turned into a socialist society.

  5. Norma says:

    She didn’t disappoint me. She has behaved exactly as she did before she achieved her current position.

  6. Norma:

    I wouldn’t expect her to disappoint you given that I imagine you are a conservative and, perhaps, a Republican.

  7. Judith says:

    I respect Nancy Pelosi and believe she is one of the great Speakers of our history. Please don’t buy into the Republican maneuvers to discredit Pelosi to take attention away from the failures of the Bush Administration.

    The CIA has admitted that three of the four “briefings” they reported with Bob Graham were never held. Graham’s detailed records of everyday events led to this admission. On the fourth date, the briefing was held in a relatively open area where Graham said such sensitive secrets as torture would not have been disclosed. He doesn’t remember just what was reported by the CIA because Congressional participants are not allowed to take notes. They are also not to reveal what was said, even to staff, according to law.
    Nancy Pelosi has to be cautious about what she can say in her defense. I believe her when she states she was not told about any waterboarding of prisoners, something that had been occuring for weeks or months. Just what was revealed about future possiblilities during interrogations will not be known, but when former Senator Graham recollects no allusion to waterboarding and other tortures, why would anyone think Nancy Pelosi was told more that the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee?
    And when John Boehner and Newt Gingrich say Pelosi can be neither patriotic nor a leader in Congress if she questions the truthfulness of this CIA recollection of the briefing given her, they are being so devious! Both of them have said many worse things about the CIA, including accusing them of not telling the truth, and the Boehner and Gingrich quotes are being broadcast for us to see.
    This is all a Republican scheme to take attention away from the facts that the Bush Administration advocated torture in spite of international treaties and our own American morality.

  8. Iceironman says:

    Charlotte. You will stick to the definition of socialist to the T. And that is fine. However, if you think Obama and the new socialist agenda doesnt include running businesses from the back seat you are wrong. You stand by your definition, I will fight the direction the govt is headed. Do you remember the word car czar thrown around? Do you remember a congresswoman telling us she wanted to nationalize the energy sector, and she was right of Obama? We can get into antics of the word socialist and how far Obama can take it in four years, but really, this is where the digging down deep and analyzing Obama for what he is and what he was raised to believe, Socialism is the cure for all things evil. He even said govt was the only thing big enough to solve our problems. So either admit he has socialistic tendancys and you are fine with that or get on board and fight the govt bailouts and control over industry and states.

  9. Iceironman says:

    Actually Judy this info all came about because Obama was looking to go after Bushies lawyers, and Pelosi got caught in the trap. JUDY JUDY JUDY. Good impression huh?

  10. Judith:

    If you have read my blog for any time at all, you know that I have my own mind as far as making decisions about my positions. Let me assure you I am not buying into any Republican hoopla about anything.

    I have watched Pelosi for 2 1/2 years now, and I have not been impressed by her leadership. I consider myself a loyal Democrat even given the flaws in my party sometimes. So for me to take a position such as I have about Pelosi is not something I do lightly.

  11. Ice:

    You are absolutely right – I will stick to the classic definition of socialism. It is those who wish to instill fear who have over time changed the definition to scream socialism every time the government regulates or does something to control unbridled capitalism or steps in to help those who have little or no power.

    And, yes, I absolutely believe that the government is the only thing big enough to control the monstrous, multinational, or national corporations who are well on the way to controlling the global economy – if they haven’t done so already.

    How is it you denigrate big government and, on the other hand, you believe that big is great when it comes to capitalism?

    Anything that becomes too big is not good for citizens.

  12. Judith says:

    I have read your blog for some time now, and I am very impressed with your knowledge and research abilities. That’s why I was bewildered with your criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s handling of the Republican accusations that she knew about the torture being committed and acquiesced with it since whe did not stop it.

    Do you think anyone since Tip O’Neil has been a better Speaker that Nancy Pelosi?

  13. Republican Who Means Business says:

    Dennis Hastert was the best damn speaker this country has ever seen. He gave everything he had to this country and was given the shaft.

    So what he knew about Mark Foley’s sexual emails to 16 year old pages for over a year ? Come on ! He covered his tracks like any good Republican would. He protected Foley from all the liberal media who would have caught on to his shananigans. We need Dennis Hastert back as the Speaker of the House to restore dignity and decency to the post.

    If Pelosi had any real guts she would step down like Dennis Hastert didn’t.
    And Norma and Ice, keep up the good work. This country needs more strong, white, tuff as nails citizens who aren’t afraid to go after those godless liberals. Hell, they would hand the damn country over to the terrorists if it was up to them !

  14. ‘Publican Who Means Business:

    Hmm, any relation to Ice?

    By the way, how do you know Ice and Norma are white? Stereotyping?

    You’re banter as to Godless liberals really is old stuff. Wake up. Throwing around your slams won’t do any good. The country voted overwhelmingly for Obama, so apparently the majority of the country is Godless – including your fellow Republicans who jumped ship.

  15. Judith says:

    Republican…

    Brilliant satire! But you forgot to mention the Jack Abramoff, etc. influence that could not have been unknown to the speaker.

  16. Iceironman says:

    Foley texted a page,yes, and Clinton got a b j from a page/intern. Washington is full of scumbags. I admit that and dont see R or D. Scumbag is scumbag. How the hell is a socialist health care plan going to be named after a SCUMBAG named Kennedy? Oh yeah, he only killed a woman. I would think a person like Charlotte would see the injustice in a young unknown woman being killed by a fortune filled white male. But Kennedy has a D in front of his name, thank GOD. Scumbags, Scumbags, Scumbags.

    By the way I dont think the RWMB is agreeing with me, or related. I think he is a coward.

  17. Iceironman says:

    Cant wait to hear about our new racist, sexist, supreme court judge. Dont leave me hanging

  18. Ice:

    Off topic again, are we? Seems to me you accused me of going off topic on another post, so, tell me, what did my post on Pelosi have to do with the selection of Sotomayor as a SCOTUS pick?

    Come on now – think of something. 🙂

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