Most of us are familiar with the 1937 film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the film, there was a beautiful princess named Snow White who was eventually fed a poisonous apple by her wicked and vain Queen and stepmother.
As the story goes, each day the vain Queen would look at herself in the mirror and inquire, “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” As long as the mirror told the Queen that she was the fairest, Snow White was safe from the woman’s jealous wrath. When the mirror one day praised Snow White, the enraged Queen poisoned her own stepdaughter. Only the kiss of a handsome prince caused Snow White to wake up.
If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were to ask, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the biggest hypocrite of them all?” She would hear America’s resounding reply, “You are, Pelosi!”
Whoever thought that politics would one day start to resemble the fairy tales from childhood? Certainly not I. However, each day, we in America continue to be fed “hypocritical lies” from some of our elected officials.
The most recent illustration of hypocrisy from Pelosi came shortly after the release of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) 525-page summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s treatment of its detainees.
Pelosi circulated a press release praising Feinstein for making the summary public while at the same time, Pelosi made sure to cast blame on almost everyone else except herself.
“As the report documents at length, high-level CIA officials and program managers repeatedly failed to provide an accurate and complete picture of CIA’s detention and interrogation activities to the Department of Justice, the Secretary of State, other senior administration officials, Congress and the American people. Instead, critical information was routinely withheld from the representatives of our democracy – even from President Bush himself,” Pelosi lamented.
In short, Pelosi was holding former Vice-President Dick Cheney and the CIA solely responsible for the use of enhanced terrorist techniques because, as she would have us believe, certain officials, the American public, and even herself, as a member of Congress, were not aware of how terrorist detainees were interrogated.
Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, however, recently disputed Pelosi’s claims, when he spoke on “Fox News Sunday” about how much Pelosi knew about the CIA techniques used on terrorists.
Rodriguez confirmed that Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations,” including sleep deprivation as well as slapping and pushing prisoners.
He went on to cement the fact that Pelosi was “fully aware” of the methods used against militants.
Pelosi has been down this accusation and denial path before. This is by no means her first attempt at endeavoring to place blame on the CIA and the Bush administration for lying about techniques used on terrorist militants while holding herself completely blameless.
In May 2009, Pelosi said, “I am saying the CIA was misleading the Congress and at the same time the administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction,” as she attempted to take no culpability and denied knowledge about the use of particular interrogation methods.
The CIA, reacting to Pelosi’s remarks, however, said that declassified agency records cited by congressional Republicans showed that Pelosi had taken part in a September 2002 briefing on interrogation methods.
Pelosi subsequently had to change her story and admit that she was told in 2003 of waterboarding techniques used by the CIA.
Once caught in her own hypocrisy, she took no responsibility, however, for not speaking out at the time about the techniques that she condemned due to confidentiality rules she was purportedly under. She also said that remaining silent due to these circumstances did not make her complicit in any abuse of the detainees.
Apparently, according to Pelosi’s way of thinking, being a member of Congress does not make you responsible for what Congress is aware of or does.
Pelosi also recently said in her press release regarding the CIA interrogation techniques that, “We must not shy from our past but confront and learn from it….Thankfully, under President Obama, our nation has put an end to this dark chapter.”
Pelosi’s past consists of finger pointing and casting blame on others while holding herself totally blameless as a member of Congress even when it is proven that she had full knowledge.
While her focus should be on doing what’s right for America, Pelosi seems more interested in “blaming” those in America who want to protect its citizens.
Perhaps, Pelosi could learn a lesson from her own hypocritical past.