Having been utterly and completely burned by the controversy surrounding What She Knew And When She Knew It when it came to the interrogation policies of the Bush Administration, Nancy Pelosi has decided that she is just going to keep mum about the issue from here on out:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she won’t talk any more about her charge that the CIA lied in 2002 about using waterboarding on terrorism suspects.
“I have made the statement that I’m going to make on this,” she told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference. “I don’t have anything more to say about it. I stand by my comment.”
But Republicans aren’t letting this one slide.
Nor should they. The Speaker’s claims concerning her knowledge of Bush Administration interrogation procedures have been completely and entirely undermined, now that it has been made clear that she was briefed on the matter back in 2003. Even DCI Leon Panetta–a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat–was forced to side against Pelosi’s claims that the CIA lied to the Speaker. One should not be surprised to find that Panetta would defend his agency, but if it were possible for him to stand up for the Speaker, he would have. That he could not, speaks volumes.
Nancy Pelosi may not want to talk about this issue anymore. But Republicans should talk about it every chance they get. Pelosi has been found to be in the wrong, and her silence will permit Republicans to define the issue without pushback from the Speaker. I see no reason why the GOP should not take this deal.