House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just cooked her own goose once and for all. She’s still saying that the CIA never told her about waterboarding.
“To the contrary … we were told explicitly that waterboarding was not being used,” she told reporters, referring to a formal CIA briefing she received in September 2002. (WSJ: 5/14/09)
But there are a couple of small problems with her story… (I’m sorry, I lost track of the revision number.)
– Porter Goss, the then ranking Republican on the House committee was at that same 2002 meeting, and he says exactly the opposite.
– Leon Panetta (Obama’s CIA director) is dichotomous with Pelosi on this issue also.
Today, Nancy Pelosi had a great opportunity to weasle out of this entire issue by simply saying something like, “You know, the days, weeks and years after 9/11 were tumultous at best… I like everyone was afraid we were going to hit again… Maybe the issue of waterboard did come up in that meeting… The more I think about it, the more I become unsure… All I know is that I was determined to do my best to secure the safety of this country… Let me take a step back, review my records, and see what was really discussed. At this point I can only tell you that in 2002 I did what I did for the safety and security of this country. Now, what I believe is best for America at this point in time is to ban waterboarding.”
But nooo… Pelosi is out and out calling the CIA, Goss, and Panetta liars. That isn’t going to bode well for Pelosi if the “Truth Commission” becomes reality. All kinds of memos and notes will be revealed (including Nancy’s), and the facts about that fateful meeting will be out.
Ironic that lying about the lack of knowledge of a water-based interrogation technique will be the cauldron that cooks the Speaker’s goose.
P.S. Did you notice how Pelosi tried to weasle in the WMD issue? Deflect, Nancy, deflect! (By the way… I’ll respect Pelosi’s position on WMDs when she wades into the 500 tons of uranium yellowcake that we found in Iraq without wearing a hazmat suit. Ditto for any other liberal.)