Monday, May 18, 2009

You really stepped in it this time, Nancy

Top Republicans are demanding an apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or at the very least proof to back up her claims that the CIA misled Congress about the use of harsh interrogation tactics. Pelosi last week said that she was briefed by the CIA on such techniques only once -- in September 2002 -- and that she was told at the time that techniques like waterboarding were not being used. Pelosi, D-California, said she learned from an aide that waterboarding had been used after other lawmakers were briefed in 2003. A recently released Justice Department memo says that the CIA used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002, in the interrogation of some al Qaeda asshat at U.S. facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that if Pelosi's accusations are not true, she may need to step down. Talk about creating “hope” for the American public. I sure hope you’re right, Pete. "She made some outrageous accusations last week where she said that the CIA lied to her and lied systematically over a period of years. That is a very, very serious charge," Hoekstra said Monday on CNN's "American Morning." "Either the CIA needs to be held accountable for their performance during this time or the speaker needs to be held accountable and be responsible for the actions and the statements that she made last week. One or the other is correct, one or the other is wrong," he said. Translation – Nancy Pelosi is a lying bitch and needs to be punished for her irresponsible actions and words.

House Minority Leader John Boehner demanded that Pelosi provide evidence to support her accusations. "Lying to the Congress of the United States is a crime," Boehner, R-Ohio, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And if the speaker is accusing the CIA and other intelligence officials of lying or misleading the Congress, then she should come forward with evidence and turn that over to the Justice Department so they can be prosecuted. And if that's not the case, I think she ought to apologize to our intelligence professionals around the world." Translation - put up or shut up, bitch.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, used a different outlet to voice his criticism, posting a seven-stanza poem about the House speaker on his Web site.

"She sat in briefings and knew about enhanced interrogation; But claims she wasn't there, and can't give an explanation. She disparages the CIA and says they are a bunch of liars; Even the press aren't buying it and they're stoking their fires."

"I believe in the integrity of the men and women who sacrifice to keep us safe; Not the woman who has been caught flat-footed, lying to our face. I say it here and I say it rather clear -- It's time for Nancy Pelosi to resign and get out of here," he wrote.

I love you Mike but that poem really sucks dude. Here’s what you should have put on your website:

Nancy Pelosi is an ignorant slut, I would love to punch her in the gut. She went on TV and told a bunch of lies, her rotten intentions she can no longer disguise.

It’s not that she’s a woman or a democrat, or the fact that she looks like a shriveled, old rat. The reason I hate her is plain as day, I think she’s the devil and that’s all I’m gonna say.

Better, right? No problem Huck - you can thank me later.

As Republicans continue to hammer away, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ed Rollins said Monday that Pelosi has no one to blame but herself. "This is a self-inflicted wound. ... She brought the whole subject up," he said. "She started this. I think it was the worst week she's had. I'm not accusing her of lying or any of the rest of that, but I think she certainly doesn't have her facts correct." Translation – Nancy you really screwed the pooch on this one.

Following Pelosi's remarks, CIA Director Leon Panetta stood up for the agency and challenged Pelosi's assertions. "There is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business. It predates my service with this great institution, and it will be around long after I'm gone. But the political debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level yesterday when the CIA was accused of misleading Congress," Panetta said in a letter to employees. "Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values," he said. Panetta said the agency's records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers "briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah (the al Qaeda asshat referenced earlier in this post), describing 'the enhanced techniques that had been employed.'"

Pelosi issued a response to Panetta and shifted her criticism from the CIA to the Bush administration. So fucking predictable. "My criticism of the manner in which the Bush administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe," she wrote. Nice attempt at a back pedal Nancy, but nobody’s buying it. Here’s the deal. You said something really stupid (just like you always do) but his time you can’t back it up. And no amount of Bush bashing (no that’s not a double entender – get your minds out of the gutter people) is going to get you out of this mess. Squirm bitch squirm. I love it.

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