Charles Krauthammer explains why - - -
. . . The time to protest torture, if you really are as outraged as [Pelosi] now pretend [s] to be, is when the CIA tells you what it is planning to do "in the future."
But Pelosi did nothing. No protest. No move to cut off funding. No letter to the president or the CIA chief or anyone else saying "Don't do it."
On the contrary, notes Porter Goss, then chairman of the House intelligence committee: The members briefed on these techniques did not just refrain from objecting, "on a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda."
More support, mind you. Which makes the current spectacle of self-righteous condemnation not just cowardly but hollow.
It is one thing to have disagreed at the time and said so.
It is utterly contemptible, however, to have been silent then and to rise now "on a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009" (the words are [ Obama's director of national intelligence Dennis] Blair's) to excoriate those who kept us safe these harrowing last eight years.
Krauthammer's entire column's here at RealClearPolitics.com
Hat tip: BN