When to Fold ‘Em

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to comment further on what the CIA did, or did not, tell her with regard to its interrogations of suspected terrorists, a noteworthy softening of her previous accusations. Ms. Pelosihas accused the agency of concealing harsh interrogation methods from her, while the agency has produced briefing documents indicating Ms. Pelosi did, in fact, have knowledge of those methods. The Speaker’s recent decision not to push her accusations further seems finally an act of reason; she knows a losing hand, and she knows when to lay the cards down, that point at which keeping up the game is only an exhibition of futile pride.

Commentator Ken Spain explains: “Her obsession with the previous administration, and her disdain for America’s intelligence officials, has reduced her to… a distraction to the substantive debate.”

"Briefing documents?"

"Briefing documents?"


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