Friday, May 15, 2009

Americans need to be very careful when listening to Newt Gingrich

Today I heard Newt Gingrich blast Nancy Pelosi for her comments that implicate the CIA in misleading Congressional leaders about waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques authorized by the Bush administration. Americans need to be extremely cautious when listening to the former Speaker of the House; Newt Gingrich, who has an axe to grind.

My political sense is; why would Nancy Pelosi lie about such an accusation? Pelosi is already the Speaker of the House so it can not be a grab for new power. I have not always been a fan of Pelosi, but something tells me she is being absolutely honest with the American people in this case. Republicans sense a vulnerability here and will go after her with a vengeance. Enter Newt Gingrich; the shamed former Speaker of the House that had over 80 ethics violations filed against him, who paid a fine of $300,000 with some of the money loaned by Senator Bob Dole and who had to give up his seat as Speaker.

Watch out America; don't let them fool you again. Let's look at a few more interesting facts. Former Senator Bob Graham agrees with Pelosi as he too claims that he was kept in the dark. Graham goes as far as saying that the CIA recently provided him with false information about how many times he had been briefed on enhanced interrogations. The CIA has made a claim that he attended four meetings when he has proof that he only attended one.

What is more curious from my perspective is the relationship between Dick Cheney, the CIA (whoever he was meeting with) and Newt Gingrich. I remember reading after the invasion of Iraq that Dick Cheney had made eleven separate trips to Langley (CIA headquarters). It had been reported that he was pressuring CIA to provide intelligence that would support an invasion. I have no direct knowledge of Cheney's clandestine trips of shuttle diplomacy between the White House and CIA. I do know that his trips were unusual and out of line. Many CIA analysts felt uncomfortable and pressured by Cheney's continuing presence.

What has not been widely discussed and to me is somewhat confusing is the presence of Newt Gingrich along with Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney to these multiple meetings at CIA. Apparently, Gingrich was serving as a Pentagon consultant for the Bush administration and was as connected to the Bush misdeeds as Osama bin Laden was connected to 911. That's right America; Cheney's approval rating is below 20 % and Gingrich was right there with him. Don't be fooled by this slime that played a significant role in lying to the American people so Bush and Cheney could capture their coveted Iraqi oil.

Newt Gingrich is not a reliable spokesperson because of his track record of lies and deceit. He served as consultant for the biggest foreign policy mistake in American history. Why the hell would anyone think he is spinning the truth about Nancy Pelosi? If you believe that he is, you need to do some serious soul searching. Newt Gingrich is a danger to this country and any friends at CIA that are not being truthful are a danger too.




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