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Last week, Porter Goss blistered the Democratic congressional leadership for their revision of their involvement in the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against captured Al Qaeda members. And Goss certainly has the resume to make such statements — a former CIA officer, former chairman of House Intelligence Committee, and former Director of the CIA.

Goss points out that the Congressional leadership — including Nancy Pelosi and Jay Rockefeller, though Goss doesn’t call them out by name — was thoroughly briefed on the techniques before they were used. And now they are shocked — shocked! — to hear that they were actually applied, and are entertaining the notion of putting those people who were involved in the interrogations (from actually carrying them out to researching their legality) on trial.

For years, Democrats have practiced a particular form of amnesia that lets them forget inconvenient statements, briefings, even votes that later might prove embarrassing.

The classic example has to be the Congressional authorization  for the invasion of Iraq. It passed the House with 126 Democratic votes and the Senate with 29, but nowadays trying to find a single Democrat who will admit and stand by that vote is almost impossible. (Joe Lieberman doesn’t count — he was essentially drummed out of the party for doing just that.) Instead, they stumble all over themselves with excuses (Hillary Clinton’s is particularly entertaining — “I was voting for a bluff; I didn’t think Bush would actually do what he said he’d do!”) and rationales. It’s fun to see the same people who talk about how dumb George W. Bush is claim that they were hornswoggled by him.

Barney Frank is another example. He spent years carrying water for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, protecting them from tightened regulations and denying that they were in any kind of trouble whatsoever — right up until they fell apart and left the taxpayers holding the bag.

Unfortunately for them, all of these instances are readily retrievable on the Internet — which never forgets anything.



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