The only person who had a rougher week than the president on the meandering approach to the interrogation memos and potential prosecution of Bush administration officials was Nancy Pelosi. As Politico points out, Pelosi “didn’t cry foul” when she was briefed as early as 2002 on the interrogation techniques. And she made things worse last week:
Pelosi’s allies were less prepared to confront the fallout from her convoluted answers during three sessions with reporters last week — answers that raised new questions and handed Republicans a fresh line of attack on a speaker at the height of her power.
“I’m puzzled, I don’t understand what she’s trying to say,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and currently the committee’s ranking minority member.
“I don’t have any sympathy for her — she’s the speaker of the House; there should be some accountability. She shouldn’t be given a pass,” added Hoekstra.
And so there is plenty of fodder for Pelosi’s critics — and plenty to distract her as she tries to push through Obama’s already controversial agenda. It is unclear whether the tempest will be enough to dissuade her from pressing forward with her witch hunt.
She has become the symbol of Congressional hypocrisy — the leader of those whose moral preening knows no bounds but who understood and acknowledged at one time that these techniques were necessary. And she presents quite clearly the dilemma for those calling for a public inquisition: where is this all leading? The Left would like Bush era officials indicted, banished, imprisoned, and impeached for their supposed moral obtuseness, provided someone can find some statute under which to prosecute them. But if a lawyer who drafted the interrogation memos in good faith should be impeached according to the howling Left, why should Pelosi continue to reign supreme?
Well perhaps she can clear it up in the Truth Commission. Her Republican colleagues certainly would be pleased to hear her spell out her views. And there are, we now know, plenty of witnesses and a good deal of documentation to help refresh her memory.