Friday, May 15, 2009
The Nancy Pelosi Straw Man
The issue is not what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it. The issue is the GOP trying to get itself off the hook for using water-boarding by trying to shift the topic to someone who was not part of the Bush administration and had little or no leverage to stop what the Bush people were doing,. They are trying to shift the topic away from the perpetrators and their authorizers and enablers. If water-boarding is wrong, then the people who did it were the wrongdoers, not someone whom they may or may not have told about it. When Rep. Jane Harmann (D-CA) learned about the water-boarding a year later, she protested, and her protests didn't do one bit of good. She was ignored. Nancy Pelosi was just as irrelevant, as far as the Bush administration was concerned. They didn't even listen to members of their own administration who protested against water-boarding. Shining the spotlight on Nancy Pelosi is simply a Republican ploy to deflect attention away from the real guilty parties. Let's hope the American people aren't dumb enough to let these GOP shysters get away with it.