The Clueless Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told George Stepanapoulos today:

I am one of the most vociferous opponents of the [Iraq] War . . .

Excuse me Madame Speaker, but are you fucking kidding me? Nearly 90 House members have signed this letter:

The Honorable George W. Bush
United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Seventy House Members wrote in July to inform you that they will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of our troops out of Iraq before you leave office.

Now you are requesting an additional $45 billion to sustain your escalation of U.S. military operations in Iraq through next April, on top of the $145 billion you requested for military operations during FY08 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Accordingly, even more of us are writing anew to underscore our opposition to appropriating any additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq other than a time-bound, safe redeployment as stipulated above.

More than 3,742 of our brave soldiers have died in Iraq. More than 27,000 have been seriously wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed or injured in the hostilities and more than 4 million have been displaced from their homes. Furthermore, this conflict has degenerated into a sectarian civil war and U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $500 billion, despite assurances that you and your key advisors gave our nation at the time you ordered the invasion in March, 2003 that this military intervention would cost far less and be paid from Iraqi oil revenues.

We agree with a clear and growing majority of the American people who are opposed to continued, open-ended U.S. military operations in Iraq, and believe it is unwise and unacceptable for you to continue to unilaterally impose these staggering costs and the soaring debt on Americans currently and for generations to come.


Co-signers: Murphy (CT), Jackson, Brown (FL), Thompson (MS), Watt, Meeks, Loebsack, Weiner, Kucinich, DeFazio, Farr, Waxman, Thompson (CA), Lee, Woolsey, Waters, Watson, Frank, Conyers, Filner, Rush, Towns, Clay, Wynn, Delahunt, Holmes-Norton, Butterfield, Solis, Maloney, Nadler, Honda, Cohen, Hare, Napolitano, Hastings, McGovern, Kaptur, Schakowsky, Carson, Linda Sanchez, Grijalva, Olver, Jackson-Lee, McDermott, Markey, Fattah, Pallone, Hinojosa, Stark, Scott (VA), Moran, McCollum, Oberstar, DeGette, Tauscher, Holt, Hinchey, Pastor, Davis (IL), Hall, Velazquez, Rangel, Hodes, Blumenauer, Lynch, Artur Davis, Johnson (GA), Payne, Cleaver, Lewis, Clarke, Abercrombie, Moore(WI), Ellison, Baldwin, Christensen, Scott (GA), Paul, Gutierrez, Welch, Capps, Rothman, Cummings, Tierney, Doggett, Eshoo, and Tubbs-Jones.

The name Pelosi is not among the signatories. When Pelosi signs that letter; when she promises that she will not put forward any bills to fund Iraq without a date certain to end the Iraq Debacle, then she can claim to be “one of the most vocieferous opponents of the Iraq War.” She is not one of the most vociferous opponents of the Iraq war. She needs to do everything she can to end it and then she can truthfully claim to be such. Until then, Pelosi is simply not telling the truth.


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  1. is give peace a chance, Nance.

    • Armando on October 15, 2007 at 02:40

    has some fucking nerve making that claim.

  2. is “a good first step.” 😉

    • robodd on October 15, 2007 at 02:44

    as is in voce, with her voice.  Everything else, not so much.

  3. It’s as though she has gone mad.  Does she really expect that we will believe this?  It simply doesn’t make any sense.

    Maybe she thinks if she says it enough folks will believe her, folks who aren’t following very closely what’s going on.

    But in the end, yes, she is lying.

  4. $18 trillion in proven Iraqi reserves?  No desire to screw with Bush’s screw up and a huge electoral advantage?  Deep complicity?  Deep fear? 

    It stinks like dead fish around here.

    • snud on October 15, 2007 at 02:57

    by, in effect, saying “trust me” – without giving me any reason whatsoever to do so and when I look at her record, a helluva lot of reasons NOT to trust her any further than I could throw her.

    I’m trying to think of a Dem leader in recent memory who’s let me down like she has and am coming up empty at the moment.

  5. Defund.

    Well, that horse is dead but beat it because…?

  6. of the people is she so dismissive of the constitution? She is corrupt. She refuses to enter any fight she fears she will loose, and takes any leverage available via the constitution off the table! Oversight was promised it has not occurred, she refuses to let them filibuster and yet allows traitorous bills on the floor. How can anyone think that she is afraid of the people if this is her motivation, she would have to be dumb as door and deaf to boot.

    I don’t believe this is the case especially after her nasty snit about the base. She has done a deal perhaps or is afraid of the darkside, I don’t know but no one can gat as far as she has without being politically astute and this is politically  a bad move. Hell maybe she likes the money it’s generating. 

  7. she is on the defensive

    scared of something besides Bush anyway, which is good.

    • oculus on October 15, 2007 at 05:58

    I suppose it is possible to be perpetually elected from such a district and also be able to avoid confrontation despite being a politician.  She is not a young perosn, or even middle-aged, and probably was brought up to smile and avoid confrontation.  I’d bet she wore white gloves as a young woman.  Seems like she is true to her upbringing, if this is the case.

  8. 2,367 comments from 10/14/06 to 10/14/07 at Dkos because string,”cry me a fuckin river,” returned NO results for parameter 2 year to 1 year. There’s no granularity, NO variable in time sensitive search criteria older than 6 months, and the reco algorithm sux.

    Did I say the search engine and knowledge base was a POS? Yes, I think I have. Several times.

    So, I enjoyed some of my vintage commentary: ahgagagag, BuffyOrpington, racketeering, HRC war, and lust-in-my-heart for example.

    But this takes the fuckin cake in “You’ve Come a Long Way, Nancy“, the party douche.

    Kiss my nasty black ass from then ’til 7 Nov. She and the mechanical horse she rode in on is your problem. I’m done. I’ll cast a ballot blindly for anyone but Giuliani, because it won’t otherwise make a difference but for some stupid reason I respect US “rule of law.”

    • Turkana on October 15, 2007 at 08:43

    she didn’t mean she’s vociferous in her opposition to the war, she just meant that she’s vociferous and an opponent of the war. for example, she’s very vociferous in her criticism of anti-war activists.

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