Riddle me this, Batman; what do Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, and Nancy Pelosi share?
Well, in addition to being self-righteous, limousine liberal, “champions of the little guy” hypocrites, they all apparently share the uncanny sociopathic ability to stare directly into a TV camera and lie unencumbered to the American people.
A recent Washington Post Editorial reports an explosive revelation that former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, may very well have lied about what she knew and when she knew it regarding the utilization, frequency, results, and parameters of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs).
What makes this disclosure so explosive and unbelievably hypocritical on the part of the former Speaker is her longstanding, fervent, politically judgmental, and unequivocal claim that she did not know that EITs were being used, or specifically, that “water-boarding” had been implemented on the part of CIA interrogators against senior Al-Qaida Operative, Abu Zubaida. Additionally, after the steady, drip-drip-drip from Pelosi, Senator Carl Levin, and all their many media enablers crafting the narrative that “Republicans like to torture and kill people” leading up to the 2008 election, and the full echoing of then Senator Obama, we now discover she was, according to detailed information, fully aware of the details and results. Former CIA Counterterrorism Chief, Jose Rodriguez, in his new book, Hard Measures, alleges Pelosi, then ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, along with Porter Goss, then Chairman of the Committee, had fully been given a “description of the particular [enhanced interrogation techniques] that had been employed.” Her claim, he asserts, that she was not made aware of the techniques is patently “untrue.”
This issue has surfaced again after Mr. Rodriguez was featured last night on 60 Minutes. He, along with former CIA Director Michael Hayden, assert fairly compellingly that these EITs were part of extracting details for a greater informational mosaic that contributed to the ultimate strike that killed UBL. Rodriguez' own editorial in today's Washington Post also reiterates how this vital intelligence and the use of EITs were clearly part of the intelligence and long-term operational planning efforts leading to that remarkable day one year ago. Rodriguez very powerfully presents the facts that present a whole new set of “truth and perception-management” issues for both the former Speaker, and the President and his campaign team. Two that strike at the core of the Obama-Osama conundrum is; one, the very clear and salient fact that the kernel of intelligence that started the ball rolling regarding the ultimate whereabouts started with EITs utilized on terrorists; and two, they were in a “black site.” Both of these issues were roundly demonized, ridiculed, and eventually shut down by both candidate and President Obama.
So as the President continues to do his Deon Sanders impersonation over the killing of Bin Laden one year later and as we draw closer to the election, he was the first one to chastise the very playbook, offense, coaches, and players that got him there.
The audacity, indeed!
The Liberal-Progressive wing of the Democratic Party, with which President Obama and Representative Pelosi are intrinsically linked, cannot continue to use the strategy of “If we tell the lie loud enough and long enough, enough people will believe it”, while enough good people with long and detail memories will come forward to call out their continuous and repeated falsehoods, obfuscation, and subtle alterations of what actually happened and why. We see the Democrats on the ropes on so many issues as their propaganda and perception pillars begin to crumble;
Democrat Propaganda: Transparency
Reality: GSA, Fast & Furious
Democrat Propaganda: Anti-Bush/Anti-War
Reality: More Drone Strikes and underreporting of causalities from the strikes.
Democrat Propaganda: Bin Laden Strike Decision.
Reality: SEAL Operators push-back and CIA disclosures of the true unfolding of events.
Additionally, we have seen the Secret Service prostitution scandal metastasize now into other countries and previous trips, revealing a more systemic problem and organizational atmosphere under the Executive Branch than the “one-shot, boys-will-be-boys,” episode, and the recent revelation of a top Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in charge of Intelligence Operations for the agency being convicted of embezzlement of more than $500,000. None of this bodes well for the administration. What adds fuel to the fire is the continued haze of mis-and half-truths, stonewalling, false humility, uncomfortable bouts of hubris, and unearned celebration in combination with an anemic economy, remaining high gas prices and unemployment, and perceived waffling on a cogent strategy vis-à-vis Iran, North Korea, Cartel activities, and Islamist Terror.
Just when I think the Free Press in the United States is dead, we see the above articles squeak out. Even for the reported 90% of journalists that self-proclaim as Democrats, some stories and some realities are just too good to pass up. Perhaps this time, they might actually do their jobs and not be swept up in the hype and novelty that has signified this presidency.