Nancy, Nancy, Nancy...You cannot be a tigress one minute and reduce yourself to a kitten the next. Everyone in Washington knows that you have your heavy-hand in all major workings of the nation, so do not try to pull the innocent (uninformed) victim routine, with regard to interrogation tactics shortly after 9-11. You were briefed...for an hour! A Washington Post article written in 2007 (December) had quotes from two officials saying that you and three other lawmakers received briefing on interrogation tactics...which included water-boarding. The Post article did note that there were strict rules during secret briefings (I’m assuming this was one) prohibiting lawmakers from taking notes or seeking legal advice because it could hinder lawmakers’ challenges to information they are being presented—interrogation tactics in this case. Never are lawmakers prohibited from asking vital questions. Hedging, you implied that the briefing could have been incomplete. Pelosi: We only know what they choose to tell us, and the manner and timing which they tell us.” Are you saying that with a straight face? I’ll repeat myself… Never are lawmakers prohibited from asking vital questions. We were at war on our soil. They had just killed or injured a multitude of U.S. citizens. Did you think we were only going to send the terrorists to bed without supper? "I saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, who were briefed on these interrogation methods, and not a word was raised at the time, not one word," said House Minority Leader, John Boehner, on Thursday. Ah...the selective recollection of the Democrats. But why all of the Republican fuss? The “selective-service” Democrats are now “OPEN” to investigating...and possibly prosecuting...lawyers and officials who were involved in the harshly choreographed interrogation techniques. Nancy, you can’t share in the credit and not share in the blame. Now, in your defense…this decision saved further American lives from being lost and gave insight into future acts of violence. Its outcome instilled confidence in Americans who were shaken or shattered while we sifted through rubble for the dead and battered. Believe it or not…the majority of Americans will support you on this one. Don’t back down just so critics will back off!
Note: There is only one way to win a war...decisively.
May God bless America…and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 04-24-09