I do not know at this point whether the CIA can release the notes in question without the specific approval of the president, but Nancy Pelosi does. And so there are two possibilities: either she knows there is no chance of the notes being released, because of their classified nature, or else she does not expect President Obama to authorize their release, because of the damage they might reflect back on him, as being in the same party with her. (The third possibility---that the notes will show the CIA specifically lied to the then senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Minority Whip [about to be elected Minority Leader] to boot, about something it had been doing all along [83 times to one Al Qaeda detainee in August 2002 alone] and had briefed others on---is so remote as to be negligible.)
So why can Speaker Pelosi not accept responsibility for what she learned in 2002? What is it about the left's mindset that makes them constitutionally incapable of ever accepting any responsibility for something that might make them (at least in their eyes) look bad?
Editorial writer Maureen Dowd provides another sterling example for my point. She authored a column this week in which she says (warning: bilious drivel follows, with [probably unnecessary] emphasis added):
All right, so we have Nancy Pelosi saying that she is not responsible, the CIA misled her and the rest of Congress, and Maureen Dowd saying that it's all that medieval-minded Dick Cheney's fault. But just who is in charge now? Last I looked, we had a Democratic party majority in both the House and the Senate (where its majority is now filibuster-proof, thanks to the peristrophic Arlen Specter), and a Democratic president.
Cheney’s numskull ideas — he still loves torture (dubbed “13th-century” stuff by Bob Woodward), Gitmo and scaring the bejesus out of Americans — are not only fixed, they’re jejune.He has no coherent foreign policy viewpoint. He still doesn’t fathom that his brutish invasion of Iraq unbalanced that part of the world, empowered Iran and was a force multiplier for Muslims who hate America. He left our ports unsecured, our food supply unsafe, the Taliban rising and Osama on the loose. No matter if or when terrorists attack here — and they’re on their own timetable, not a partisan red/blue state timetable — Cheney will be deemed the primary one who made America more vulnerable.
So let me get this straight: there is an expectation that we will have another terrorist attack on our soil, and that it will happen during Obama's term, because---those darn terrorists, don't you know!---are "on their own timetable, not a partisan red/blue state timetable." And because they will strike somewhere in America in the next three years, it cannot be because of anything we are doing (or not doing) now; it must be the fault of those who left office with the last administration. (And never mind that no attack ever again happened on their watch from 2001 until 2009; those terrorists are just not on any "red/blue" political schedule, remember?)
Now just ponder the logical implications of this position for a moment. Do you see what it implies? Let me spell out the hidden syllogism for you:
A. When the Democrats are not in power, what happens is all the Republicans' fault.
B. When the Democrats are in power, it is still all the Republicans' fault.
Now, from this beginning, those on the left would like to draw this conclusion:
C. Therefore, whatever happens, and whenever it happens, it is all the Republicans' fault.
What their petty little minds fail to realize, however, is that this is the only really logical conclusion to follow from the given premises:
C. Why would anyone ever put the Democrats in power, since they can never affect anything for the better, and cannot prevent anything from getting worse?
In other words, all the heat and venom being spilled over former president Bush, former vice president Cheney and the so-called torture of waterboarding just goes to point up that the Democrats themselves are admitting that they are irrelevant.
If you want still more evidence, look at President Obama's claim, made after 100 days in office, that he is not responsible for the deficit, because he inherited it from President Bush. Next, check this link to see the overwhelming number of people that do not expect him to change his mind and start accepting responsibility. Finally, look back at this graph I posted on March 1---or better yet, look at this updated version to see the deficits for which the President unquestionably will be responsible, from 2009 forward, if the Democratic Congress continues to give him all that he asks:
President Obama's own projections show that the deficits expected under his leadership will dwarf by many times all previous deficits combined since the beginning of this country. And yet, it is becoming more and more evident with each passing month that his first projections fall woefully short of reality---after just three months, the negative numbers had to be revised to show still more red ink than initially forecast. And yet Obama claims, "It's not my fault"! So once again, by the man's own admission, he is irrelevant to the outcome of the current bad economic situation: nothing he does will make any difference, because those darn Republicans set him up---can't you see?
It is just too bad that America for the most part today elects its politicians for their irrelevancy --- meaning: not based on how much they really expect them to accomplish, but based mainly on what they fear will happen if the other side wins. It is almost as though Americans were more afraid of having someone in office who might actually (a) accept responsibility for what happens on their watch, and (b) make a difference in how things turn out---whether for better or for worse.
Mind you, I am not arguing in favor of electing any Republicans just now; not until they realize why they were voted out, and mend their ways, instead of trying to keep the gravy train running for themselves and their hangers-on. (While the right side of the above graph is absolutely shameful, the left side---particularly when the Republicans controlled Congress in 2003-2005 --- is nothing to crow about, either.)
I am just asking: why would anyone ever vote for a Democrat?----since (a) nothing is ever their fault, and (b) they are powerless to prevent anything bad from happening, anyway.
Thank you for enlightening us, Ms. Pelosi. (And here's to you, too, Ms. Dowd!)