Pelosi’s Lies Roil Dem Establishment
They're at each other's throats as the narrative used for the last eight years falls apart.
May 24, 2009 - 12:09 am
Like a sudden lightning strike on a dark and dreary night, the Pelosi-CIA “you’re a liar!” flare-up in Washington, D.C., presents us with a stunning moment of truth.
We cannot not let this moment go by. Freeze it in your memory, because you’ll want to revisit this moment — and so will historians of the future. Nancy Pelosi was loudly applauded by the liberal media when she became speaker of the house. She is one of their own. She’s a true believer from the pinkest precincts of San Francisco.
Leon Panetta, now head of the CIA, is an old Democrat hack himself. But now they are openly accusing each other of lying about that touchstone of evil: the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other top terror suspects to stop another al-Qaeda attack like 9/11. Pelosi is up for reelection next year. If her San Francisco voters understand that she’s been lying to them for eight whole years about waterboarding, furious peasants with pitchforks will be marching up the Castro.
So she has to hold on to the pretense that she just didn’t know. “They always mislead us,” said Ms. Pelosi to the media about her very regular CIA briefings.
But we can be pretty sure that Nancy Pelosi was fully briefed on waterboarding from the start, in 2002 or 2003, just like other senior members of Congress (who hold the purse strings over career bureaucrats at CIA.) If the top bureaucrats weren’t good buddies with Democrats in Congress they wouldn’t even be in their jobs. Agency honchos and Democrats accommodate each other over decades of inbreeding as they move up the career ladder. When they get to the top, like Pelosi and Panetta, they don’t screw each other — not in the normal way of business in D.C.
That is why this is a history-making moment. If at any time in the last eight years Nancy Pelosi had telephoned the CIA about being lied to in a briefing, heads would roll and careers would be broken as soon as she hung up the phone. Nobody in the bureaucracy can afford to alienate Congress, because they know what the Frank Church Senate Committee did to destroy careers in the 1970s. It’s career suicide to lie to Congress and get caught at it. You can lie to the president, as the CIA did in its infamous intelligence estimate about Iran in 2008. But Congress is going to be there for your whole career.
Moreover, in the months after 9/11 the political class was in a panic to stop any more jihadi attacks on the American homeland. After all, American Air 93 was taken over by al0Qaeda maniacs to blow up the White House or the Capitol. That plot only failed when the passengers rebelled and ended up crashing the plane into the ground with all aboard.
Ms. Pelosi is therefore asking us to believe that in those panicky months her delicate sensibilities were on the side of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — and not on the side of all the career politicians of Washington, D.C. Like herself.
But if Pelosi admits lying to her own voters for eight long years, the unavoidable implication is that all the other Democrats also lied about the evil Bush administration, along with those wellsprings of truth and integrity like the New York Times and the Washington Post. So Nancy’s lie drags down the entire Leftist sucker narrative. Since all D.C. power centers are staffed with fire-breathing liberal “activists,” they constantly support each other’s agendas.