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Burying Benghazi - Nancy Pelosi...and her contempt for voters.
National Review ^ | 5-10-2014 | Tom Rogan - Commentary

Posted on 05/10/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT by smoothsailing

May 10, 2014 4:00 AM

Burying Benghazi

Nancy Pelosi’s national-security policy rests on short memories and her contempt for voters.

By Tom Rogan

Somebody said to me yesterday, either people have gotten tired of Benghazi or they never knew about it in the first place.”

Nancy Pelosi, May 9, 2014

That wasn’t just a slip of the tongue. Evidently, Pelosi was so enamored by “somebody”’s quote that she had to repeat it to the world. She really shouldn’t have.

After all, whatever individual voters might think about the domestic politics of Benghazi, celebrating boredom or disinterest in the murder of four Americans doesn’t look great. Especially coming from a former speaker of the House. Still, no one should be surprised. This is just the latest burp from the intellectual black hole that is Nancy Pelosi’s national-security policy.

To begin, let us remind ourselves of a trip that then-Speaker Pelosi made back in April 2007. Against the wishes of the Bush administration, Pelosi went to Syria and met with Bashar Assad. During that visit, Pelosi made a rather remarkable statement: “The road to Damascus is a road to peace.” Even then, before the Syrian civil war, there was an extraordinarily toxic stupidity to those words. After all, as Pelosi praised Assad, his government was simultaneously facilitating al-Qaeda’s infiltration of Iraq. These terrorists were murdering hundreds of innocent Iraqis and American military personnel every month. As speaker of the House and a member of the “Gang of Eight,” Pelosi was fully aware of that reality. She simply didn’t care. Regardless, seven years later, her quote carries a different echo. Because today, the road to Damascus is a modern-day Appian way — except that, today, the littered dead are gassed children rather than gladiators. Some say that Pelosi couldn’t have known Assad’s evil back in 2007. That’s a lie. The nature of the Assad regime has always been clear. Pelosi gave it legitimacy.

Then there’s Pelosi’s record on the CIA interrogation saga. In 2002, she was briefed on the specifics of the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation Program, including on waterboarding. But in 2009, when 9/11’s dust of falling bodies had settled and the public’s memory of 9/11 had dissipated, Pelosi rewrote history. Keen to burnish her position with CIA haters on the left, Pelosi insisted that she hadn’t been told about the waterboarding and that the CIA misled her. But watch this video and listen to the CIA official who briefed her. It’s damning. Yes, today, congressional Democrats are united in their desire to sell the CIA down the river. Still, most are at least a little awkward about their hypocrisy. Not Pelosi; she’s proud.

Then there’s Pelosi’s record on Iraq. It can be described by only one word: abhorrent. To be clear, Pelosi’s vote against the Iraq War was a choice that history will judge for good or ill. Nevertheless, in 2006, she again descended into her black hole of political opportunism. Just watch this video. Obsessed by her irrational hatred for Bush (in stark contrast to Bush’s kindness to her daughter), Pelosi was happy to lose a war in order to score a partisan victory. As former defense secretary Robert Gates has noted, during the surge, as the U.S. military bled to save Iraq, Pelosi persistently refused to give Petraeus a chance. As Gates sarcastically puts it, “After all, one wouldn’t want facts and reality — not to mention the national interest — to intrude upon partisan politics, would one?” Instead, Pelosi played to the idiocy of groups like MoveOn.org (which, incidentally, petitioned against labeling Boko Haram as terrorists before pulling the petition off its website).

This is the speaker who the commander-in-chief believes should return to power. There’s a shameless arrogance to Pelosi’s national-security policy. The former speaker seems to genuinely believe that what she speaks in any one moment becomes the truth for all time. A world in which Pelosi is the sole arbiter of reality. Or, as Orwell put it in 1984, a world in which “everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.”

But Pelosi’s disdain is deadly serious, because when an 18-year-old stands watch on a distant battlefield, or a CIA officer works tirelessly to gather intelligence to protect America, or a young Syrian seeks to live another day, they deserve more than the posturing of a partisan zealot. They deserve the honesty of a leader who cares.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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1 posted on 05/10/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
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2 posted on 05/10/2014 12:14:33 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

Yet more SHAMEFUL than Pelosi even BEING in congress are the idiot voters out there in Disneyland who keep sending this imbecile back again and again and again and...


3 posted on 05/10/2014 12:16:36 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

Maybe the people who elect Pelosi feel the deaths of four SEALS is funny - or boring... They’re probably not much better than she is...


4 posted on 05/10/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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To: smoothsailing

Don’t forget that the administration’s Ministry of Truth (minitru) is working overtime to `poo-poo’ this matter:

Today’s Muncie StarPress:
“Democrats divided over role in GOP’s new Benghazi probe.
Under a photo of Nancy Pelosi (Miss Lube Rack, 1946) is the caption, `House minority leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif, called the latest investigation—the eighth so far—into the deadly Benghazi assault a “political stunt.”
Associated Press, of course.

Why are they giving space to this minority loony?
Why not say it is an on-going investigation, (`ram-rodded’ by the flaccid Darrell Issa) rather than the “eighth”?

Because Democrats’ tails are in a crack and Trey Gowdy is taking names, and has never chewed gum!

If prosecutor Gowdy does what he always does, then Cruz/Gowdy, 2016. It’s past time to take America back.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 12:25:25 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: smoothsailing
Does Benghazi have something to do with the 24/7 coverage of Boko Haram? This is certainly nothing new vis-s-vis the Boko Haram. Burning alive school children for example.

Will Pelosi, the Obama Administration and MSM employees stoop this low? Headline:

Kidnapped Girls Petition Congress: Delay Benghazi Hearing Until We're Free
"No way," say racist Republicans.

6 posted on 05/10/2014 12:26:01 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: smoothsailing

Coupled with Harry Reid’s latest defiling pronouncements against the right...Pelosi’s mendacious and slanderous remarks is cause for serious alarm among all politicians...these two are part and parcel to Obama’s agenda to bring America’s demise to fruition. All three are enormously wealthy and will never suffer the consequences of their actions. What American could or ever would support one of these traitors.............?


7 posted on 05/10/2014 12:28:52 PM PDT by yoe
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To: Dick Bachert

And those CA voters should have to pay for her transportation to and from DC!


8 posted on 05/10/2014 12:29:09 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Dick Bachert

9 posted on 05/10/2014 12:42:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: tumblindice
Under a photo of Nancy Pelosi (Miss Lube Rack, 1946)...

ole Nancy can't compare to Miss Polish Job 1951 !!!


10 posted on 05/10/2014 12:51:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Funny, she doesn’t look Polish.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 12:52:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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12 posted on 05/10/2014 12:56:11 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: dfwgator

Are you kidding, the shoes are a dead giveaway!


13 posted on 05/10/2014 12:57:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Word is that ol’ Nan may not be polish but she spends a great deal of time on KNOB HILL.

Think on it.


14 posted on 05/10/2014 1:15:39 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Bravo Tom Rogan.

Like 0bama, Pelosi is all about herself and furthering the leftist agenda, they’re both despicable.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 1:18:27 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing
She makes perfect sense if you understand that she is giving liberals talking points. Therefore, “Somebody said to me yesterday, either people have gotten tired of Benghazi or they never knew about it in the first place.” is actually, in practice: “Liberals, you can choose one of two positions: say either that you have gotten tired of Benghazi, or that you never knew about it in the first place.”

And the thing about millions and millions of liberals is that they will then do exactly that.

We are looking at a mind control phenomenon concerning liberals in America that has literally never been seen before on this scale.

16 posted on 05/10/2014 1:31:22 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: GOPJ; Dick Bachert
Pelosi issued a statement saying that two of the families of men killed in Benghazi have called her and asked that the investigations be stopped so they don't have to go through this again.
17 posted on 05/10/2014 1:31:51 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Baynative

Oh right. Which two, Madame P?


18 posted on 05/10/2014 1:47:14 PM PDT by Wife of D28Man
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To: Dick Bachert

Now we know why Mark Levin calls her “Stretch”.


19 posted on 05/10/2014 1:49:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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Krauthammer: I Hope Pelosi Decides Not To Put Dems On The Panel So The GOP Can Focus

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/05/09/krauthammer_i_hope_pelosi_decides_not_to_put_dems_on_the_panel_so_the_gop_can_focus.html


20 posted on 05/10/2014 2:31:50 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: smoothsailing

They don’t call her “NaziPelosi” without reason...


21 posted on 05/10/2014 4:18:08 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: Baynative

The implication is that it’s a grieving mother or father... but knowing that democrats are scummy liars it’s probably the liberal wife of a fourth cousin... Someone the SEAL
didn’t spend 5 minutes with a month. At best a liberal woman - ‘family’ by marriage - who doesn’t approve of war. Every family has one...


22 posted on 05/10/2014 4:23:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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To: smoothsailing

Barry Nancy instead.


23 posted on 05/10/2014 4:45:53 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Why is Jon Corzine a free man?)
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To: tumblindice
Because Democrats’ tails are in a crack and Trey Gowdy is taking names...

My guess too.

24 posted on 05/10/2014 8:19:14 PM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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Power-crazed Dummycrats have elevated "political amnesia"
to an art form---when their policies turn disastrous,
according to them, it just never happened.

"Political amnesia means never having to say you're sorry."

25 posted on 05/11/2014 3:26:20 AM PDT by Liz
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