May 21st, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Washington week of torture, sex and Twitter

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Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

The past week has not been what one would call a great week for our political leaders.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave one of the worst press conferences that I can remember a House leader ever giving.

She accused the Central Intelligence Agency of deliberately misleading her in an oversight briefing in September of 2002.

In the press conference, where she stumbled with her notes, the Speaker declared war on the CIA. "Liar, liar" and "They didn't tell me," were her profound defenses for her not speaking up about waterboarding and her knowledge that it was being used. At the time, she was the ranking minority member of the Intelligence Committee and was briefed along with then-Chairman Porter Goss, a Republican.

Goss, who went on to become the CIA director, recalls it differently. That began a back-and-forth with the Speaker's Democratic allies jumping to her defense. In the other corner, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican leaders demanded she apologize and/or step down as Speaker. So much for a different tone in Washington.

Her final retort that, "They mislead us all the time," must have made the recruiters at Langley very happy. Not.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. samuel

    what a joke .it is the people that started this war these are the ones who we should be talking to ,and getting an apololgy from ,and a lot more. i just wacthed the documentry TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE.Ti the worse thing i have evert seen from the bush adminastration .they are worse than the terroist.they should all be charge .we now need a committee to investacation all of them if the republican want the truth start within your own party .your leadershow can anyone watch ,and not be ashame we all have been mislead,and it is time to get it right.

    May 22, 2009 at 3:34 am |
  2. lu

    There are more important issues in life than this crap.

    Why don't these commentators report on something substatial.

    The president is trying his best to get the nation on track and uyou people are busy report hogwash.
    how the hell is the nation going forward if we are always dwelling on the past.
    We are tire aof the stupid reportings. enough! is enough.

    May 22, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  3. Linda

    Rigid, close-minded people see the President's statements as double speak. People get some education and think!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Linda

    We have a president who is leading us into a positive future, not another war!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    this woman is a freak nothing but a suckubus trying to get vengence on a political party witch she despices she will lie cheat and steal to gain political achievment and shes a very dangerous threat to our security.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Patricia Davis

    I think a solution to the detainee problem is in the way we think about it: Why not turn Gittmo into a high level Federal Prison where ANY high risk offenders could be held? That would solve the over-crowding situation we now have in those institutions. We keep the terrorists out of the main land until they are tried or their legal status determined. Congress might cough up the $$ if they could show their constituates they are "safe."
    Problem solved.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  7. Lampe

    My My! The Democrats true colors are starting to show. People are waking up and seeing Obama and the Crew, are no different from any other politician.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  8. William M. Davis

    When President Obama and the US Courts take away the authority of the military to operate as a military operation as regards captured prisoners, is it not possible that they are advocating another policy called "Take no Prisoners". Let the military fight the wars and determine the outcome of the prisoners that are captured during the fight – US Courts should stay out of the issue!

    William M. Davis, retired Lt. Colonel
    Practicing attorney in North Carolina
    I live in the vicinity of Camp LaJune, Ft Bragg, and Seymore Johnson AFB

    May 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm |