Roger L. Simon

Silvestri the Dumb (What Nancy Knew)

Projection rules the world and those who have spent the last few years accusing Bush of stupidity were usually stupid themselves, but nothing prepared me for this. Silvestre Reyes – the man about to be installed as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – repeat Intelligence Committee – does not have even the most basic rudimentary knowledge of Al Qaeda. This is not just embarrassing, this is humiliating and fairly close to nuts. Read this interchange between Jeff Stein and Silvestre:

Al Qaeda is what, I asked, Sunni or Shia?

“Al Qaeda, they have both,” Reyes said. “You’re talking about predominately?”

“Sure,” I said, not knowing what else to say.

“Predominantly – probably Shiite,” he ventured.

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Al Qaeda is profoundly Sunni. If a Shiite showed up at an al Qaeda club house, they’d slice off his head and use it for a soccer ball.

Silvestre, as I’m sure most readers of this blog know, is the candidate chosen by Nancy Pelosi to bypass Jane Harman. Harman undoubtedly knows full well that Bin Laden, being Saudi, is Sunni- as are the vast majority of Al Qaeda leaders from Zawahiri on down. The uneducated Reyes will now be charged with making judgments about Iran (does he know they are Shia?). Talk about history coming back as farce!

Now let me ask a question. How many of these rudimentary facts does Pelosi herself know? I would venture not many. And yet we are in her hands.