May 15th, 2009

nancy pelosi

Pelosi's tortured memory

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Somebody call me when Nancy Pelosi gets her story straight.

So far, the House speaker's explanation of what and when she knew about the Bush administration's policy of torturing suspected terrorists is crookeder than Dick Cheney's smile.

Indeed, it has evolved from a straightforward avowal that, with apologies to Sgt. Schultz from "Hogan's Heroes," she knew "nothing! NO-thing!" about waterboarding, to an admission that maybe she knew a little something after all, given that she was briefed as early as September 2002, that the Bush administration was considering the tactic. Pelosi's explanation: She was told waterboarding had been "discussed," not that it was actually being used. Maybe you could give her a pass on it, except that we subsequently learn from the Washington Post one of her top aides was briefed in early 2003 that waterboarding "was in fact being used" against a terrorism suspect. It is inconceivable that he would have withheld that information from his boss.

Pitts: Pelosi's tortured memory - Salt Lake Tribune