"I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don't think the speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters," the [Gingrich] said in an interview with ABC Radio. |CNN|
The up-is-downism, the sheer chutzpah, the very idea of investigating Pelosi for allegedly lying about the content of secret briefings given during a period when the Bush administration was publicly lying the country into a war, well, you've got to admire it.
But since a thorough investigation will get more torture documents into the public record, I say go for it. And good luck arguing against those other investigations once the Dems prove willing to investigate their own leadership.
Adding: As long as I'm torture briefing blogging this morning, this is exactly right:
It can’t possibly be the operating assumption of the US government that members of congress and their senior staff are traitors. And if there’s something that genuinely needs to be kept secret for national security purposes, then you have to assume that honest and patriotic members of congress aren’t going to leak damaging information. But it’s clear that in the case of this waterboarding business, there was no real security need for all this operational secrecy. Instead, the Bush administration wanted to keep it secret because it was illegal and if people found out that it was happening they were likely to blow the whistle on the illegal torturing that was happening. But helping powerful people cover-up illegal activity is precisely what classification isn’t supposed to accomplish. |Yglesias|