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[President] George H.W. Bush rejects [Speaker] Pelosi charges of CIA lies
The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2009 | Joseph Curl

Posted on 06/17/2009 4:49:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former President George H.W. Bush, who as CIA director helped restore morale at the spy agency after a series of scandals in the 1970s, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she asserted that the CIA lies "all the time" to Congress.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Times a day after his 85th birthday - which he celebrated by skydiving from 10,000 feet to a perfect landing - the 41st president also took a mild swipe at President Obama for intervening in General Motors Corp.'s bankruptcy, ridiculed claims that the Republican Party is dead and urged patience in dealing with China, Russia and Iran.

The former president took direct aim at Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, who was briefed by the CIA director in 2002 about interrogation methods being used on terrorism suspects. She has denied that, saying last month that she was told only that waterboarding "may" be used, a claim President Obama's own appointee to head the agency vehemently rejects.

"I think she made most unfortunate comments, and I think she's paying a price for it," Mr. Bush told The Times. "I think people see her as having been told - briefed on some things and then kind of acting like it didn't happen. So I'm a little disappointed in her."

When asked directly whether the CIA lies "all the time," Mr. Bush said it does not.

The former president also mused about the Republican Party.

"I am not one who considers the GOP totally on the ropes. ... That's the standard message, and I don't believe it," said Mr. Bush, first elected to public office 43 years ago, when he won a U.S. House seat from Texas, then a Democratic bastion.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocia; bush; bush41; cia; congress; democrats; denial; obama; pelosi; republicans
A three page article.
1 posted on 06/17/2009 4:49:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GHWB has an old-fashioned sense of duty, which makes him a very credible spokesman now.


2 posted on 06/17/2009 4:57:11 PM PDT by kenavi (Want a real stimulus? Drill!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is it me or has the queen disappeared from the spotlight?


3 posted on 06/17/2009 5:02:39 PM PDT by Post5203 (0bama is the Jim Jones of the new millennium.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

with the way this administration, democrats, and congress routinely “leak” damaging information, i’m surprised the CIA would speak to them at all.


4 posted on 06/17/2009 5:15:54 PM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Times a day after his 85th birthday -- which he celebrated by skydiving from 10,000 feet to a perfect landing -- the 41st president also took a mild swipe at President Obama for intervening in General Motors Corp.'s bankruptcy, ridiculed claims that the Republican Party is dead and urged patience in dealing with China, Russia and Iran. The former president took direct aim at Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, who was briefed by the CIA director in 2002 about interrogation methods being used on terrorism suspects. She has denied that, saying last month that she was told only that waterboarding "may" be used, a claim President Obama's own appointee to head the agency vehemently rejects. "I think she made most unfortunate comments, and I think she's paying a price for it," Mr. Bush told The Times.
Heh heh... Spread a little jam on her, 'cause she's toast.
5 posted on 06/17/2009 5:16:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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which “queen” ? ;)


6 posted on 06/17/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is correct. Poor old Pelosi. She is so friggin medicated that she just spews her loose bowel mouth all the time. Look at her. Very exopthalmic.


7 posted on 06/17/2009 5:18:41 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Post5203

She’s been hiding, hoping that we’ll forget all about her misdeeds.


8 posted on 06/17/2009 8:33:23 PM PDT by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

See if the ole big mouth bass bites this worm and runs with it......is she back from exile in China already ??


9 posted on 06/17/2009 8:49:21 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: kenavi

Too bad he did not tell Nancy to stick it every day he was in office.


10 posted on 06/18/2009 12:45:54 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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Too bad he (George H.W. Bush) did not tell Nancy to stick it every day he was in office.

Nancy Reagan??
11 posted on 06/18/2009 11:07:08 AM PDT by kenavi (Want a real stimulus? Drill!)
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To: NellieMae

Naw, she’s probably hiding, waiting for her new face lift to heal.
Come on out Trollosi!


12 posted on 06/18/2009 11:11:53 AM PDT by derllak
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