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June 20, 2014 - 1:01 pm

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly panned the idea of working with Iran to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq, even though the Obama administration has said it’s open to the idea.

“We must do effective counterterrorism because the ISIS or L, whatever you want to call them, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for one title, really is a counterterrorism challenge for — a terrorism challenge for us. And we have to do what is necessary,” Pelosi said yesterday at a press conference.

“That is different from being engaged in a sectarian war in Iraq, what is in our national interests in terms of counterterrorism. I’m not one who is interested in working with Iran on this. I think you have to be open to where you can get support for things, but I don’t have the confidence level — right now we’re trying to stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon,” she added. “That can’t happen.”

“The funny thing — funny is not the word. Funny in terms of peculiar, odd, strange thing that here we are talking about, cooperating with Iran in terms of Iraq, possibly cooperating. I’m not advocating it.”

Pelosi added that “for so many years it was the Iran-Iraq War, they were a check on each other.”

“On the basis of false information willfully presented to the American people, we go into Iraq, free Iran to be Iran,” she continued. “No more border problems with Iraq, acting in a way to support terrorists in Syria, you know, problem all over, including our own development of a weapon of mass destruction, and they’re free and clear because we took out their main — the main check on them, which was Iraq.”

“So I’m not one who would be in a hurry to be having a conversation with Iran about this. I’m concerned that they think we’re going to go in and then they’re going to go in after us, but we’re not going to go in.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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As part of "the Gang of Eight" she helped arm ISIS. I guess it is an insane woman's prerogative to change her mind (when it is politically advantageous to do so).
Guess we can't expect the devil to change her horns, just disguise them!
8 weeks ago
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Well, this is a 'cats living with dogs' moment. This is the first time in Pelosi's entire political career when she said something I actually agree with. I think. Well, maybe. It's possible. I mean I think I know what she thinks she said. I could be wrong.
9 weeks ago
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Yep. I'm with you.

Now, let's all remind her of her new development from Pelosi-land as time passes.

Got popcorn?
8 weeks ago
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Sunnis, O Sunnis, you’ve just got to kill.
If you have faith, you must find the will.
Shiites, O Shiites, you’ve just got to slay.
The mercy of Islam says: Jihad’s the way.

Shiites and Sunnis, you both hate the Jews.
Yet you must battle, despite your shared views.
Killing a Muslim is certainly sad,
But refraining from killing is sinfully bad.
9 weeks ago
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Although she managed to get one clear idea out, she was still inarticulate, bumbling, and confusing. How in heaven's name did she get picked to be Speaker of the House?
9 weeks ago
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They're all bumbling Lefto-idiots in California
9 weeks ago
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If Obama announced a deal with Iran tomorrow, Pelosi would immediately revert to: “As I’ve always said…Iran can be a helpful ally and the President is awesome for reaching out.”
9 weeks ago
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Yep. I'm with you, also.

Again, let's remind her of her statements as they shift around.
8 weeks ago
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While there would be some satisfaction for conservatives in recognizing her hypocrisy, she and her base would ignore it completely. Being hypocritical is as natural as breathing for those people.
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