Remember that whole “I wasn’t briefed, I forget, they lied” tiff between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the CIA? It shouldn’t be fading away and with recent events, they likely will resurface. The 2010 Intelligence Bill was recently being marked up as it made it’s way through Congress. Rep. Hoekstra offered up an amendment to require the CIA to publish an unclassified record of their briefings to Congress as well as disclose the information gathered from the interrogations that people have been decrying. An interesting move, no? The democrats have wanted the second part for years and what’s so bad about the first part? Right, it might be proven that Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) lied to the American public for political gain and that is widely frowned upon by the American public regardless of party affiliation. The amendment went down in flames along party lines, so what should be the headline? How about, “Democrats Suppress Effort to Release CIA Interrogation Information” – how do you think that would fly over on the MoveOn.org message boards or on HuffPo?
The prior effort, initiated by Rob Bishop (R-UT), calling for a bipartisan investigation into Speaker Pelosi’s (D-CA) claims that Congress was lied to by the CIA was also killed by congressional democrats. Do we need much more proof that the congressional democrats are playing politics with our intelligence community? Have we learned nothing from 9/11 and the subsequent investigations and reports about our intelligence apparatus? When clandestine agents need to worry about federal government investigations four years or more after their actions, it isn’t a large leap to believe that our capabilities for intelligence gathering will be hampered.
If President Obama and/or the current Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, wanted to shake things up and make a statement about some democrats committment to a strong intelligence program, they would take this on head-on. Challenge the congressional democrats and Speaker Pelosi. I don’t see that coming anytime soon, though. With the struggles that the Obama administration is facing through the mis-steps documented here with the “Amateur Hour” tag, it isn’t likely that a public war between party members will erupt.
So let’s turn to the other party – the GOP should be capitalizing on this. They should be putting out press releases with titles like the one above. Challenge the democrats on this. If the democrats aren’t going to investigate allegations by the number 3 ranking person in our federal government that one of our own intelligence agencies is lying to congressional oversight then ask them why not? Is the allegation false (more than likely)? Are the democrats going to hide behind the veil that they don’t want to damage the CIA (how is that going to fly with the far left)? The CIA chief has invited such an investigation, so there’s not much of a screen to cower behind.
It should be eminently clear to our dear readers: the democrats, in congress and in the White House, are playing politics and stumbling through it. When they go astray, likely on the whim of a special interest group, they dig these holes for themselves. We have an ineffective media to provide any sort of foil to the administration….although maybe that’s changing:
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