Friday 8 May 2009

GOP tries to bully Pelosi with a smear campaign

The GOP’s claims on the issue of what the Democrats knew about Bush’s torture program are based on the “best recollections” of the very same CIA operatives who have a vested interest in smearing Pelosi, in order to get the spotlight aimed at anyone but them. The recollections were assembled years after the fact at the request of Republicans who also have a vested interest in smearing Pelosi. These recollections are so bogus that even the CIA people refuse to vouch for them: “In the end, you and the Committee will have to determine whether this information is an accurate summary of what actually happened.” The Republicans who are lodging these attacks have been told by the CIA itself that the “recollections” may not be accurate, but they are lodging the charges anyway. They are hoping that Pelosi doesn’t have the guts to defend herself against bogus charges because she just doesn’t want to be bothered with such a diversionary food fight.

I think the GOP smearboaters have misjudged their target this time.

Keep in mind that the issue of what Pelosi knew and when is irrelevant: what the Bush gang did was patently illegal, and Bush repeatedly proclaimed his intent to do whatever he wanted regardless of Pelosi and Congress anyway. So don't let them divert you from the central fact: they broke the law and they got caught.

Meanwhile two GOP Senators tried to bully Eric Holder: if you investigate the torture, we will push for an investigation of Clinton people and any Democrat we can smear with this.

Clearly these guys are terrified of real accountability. Because they know the last time the federal government looked into a systemic torture program like this, they wound up hanging a lot of Nazis and Japanese.

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