Gingrich on Pelosi, History on Gingrich
Gingrich's attacks this week are just the latest in a series of salvos thrown at Pelosi by Republicans, although those by Gingrich, now a private citizen, seem to be as much for the benefit of his personal desire to stay in the spotlight and remain influential in the politics of the Republican Party as they are an attempt to take Pelosi to task for material wrongs she may have committed.
In his Human Events piece, Gingrich writes: "She charged that the CIA, deliberately and as a matter of policy, violated the law by lying to Congress... Speaker Pelosi has damaged America's safety..."
Interviewed on Wednesday, May 20, on the ABC News show "Good Morning, America," Gingrich pressed forward: "If you were a CIA agent today and you were told to brief Nancy Pelosi, how could you have any sense of confidence in telling her anything?"
It is worth noting that Mr. Gingrich, playing his role as the sage greybeard of American politics and national security, has a selective memory when it comes to the CIA and the history of its relations with politics. In the run-up to the 2003 American attack on Iraq, the Bush Administration and its allies had to find a reason for waging a war of aggression against a nation that had not been involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Creating and using justifications for such a war required both the construction of intelligence and the silencing of critics, and Gingrich was involved in both ends of the campaign.
Non-official cover spy Valerie Plame was outed by White House officials because her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, had written a column in which he exposed as a fabrication a key piece of evidence President Bush and other Administration officials were using to justify the invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq. Wilson had been tasked to Africa by CIA personnel to investigate the authenticity of a document that appeared to render evidence of an attempt by Iraq's president, Saddam Hussein, to acquire "yellowcake," a raw material that can be refined to make fissile, weapons-grade uranium. Wilson found and ultimately disclosed publicly that the document was a forgery and that White House officials knew it was, but had used it as evidence, anyway.
In 2005, during the investigation into who at the White House disclosed to columnist Robert Novak that Plame was a spy, Newt Gingrich participated in the media campaign to discredit former ambassador Wilson, calling him a liar and citing as the basis for such outrageous slander a Senate report in which an addendum critical of Wilson had been rammed in by Republicans Pat Roberts, Kit Bond, and Orrin Hatch. In fact, Wilson would later write that Gingrich, himself, attended a meeting of certain White House officials, where plans were laid out to do a profile on the former ambassador. Gingrich, through a spokesman, subsequently dismissed the accusation.
Regardless of whether or not he was at the White House to develop the plan to discredit Wilson, a plan that ultimately led to publicly exposing Wilson's wife as an American spy, Newt Gingrich was quite obviously, by his media appearance, fully involved in the work of justifying the destruction of Plame and the consequential, catastrophic compromise of her intelligence-gathering work on trade in weapons of mass destruction, which put in jeopardy her entire contingent of informers, contacts, and other assets.
Gingrich's interference in CIA activities did not begin with serving as a public voice defending the destruction of Valerie Plame. As a Pentagon consultant after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Newt Gingrich went to CIA headquarters at Langley to join in Vice President Dick Cheney's efforts to bully young intelligence specialists into shaping their conclusions to comport with the desire of the White House to construct a case for waging war against Iraq. The very appearance of men like Cheney and Gingrich where the insular intelligence analysts were working had the effect of conveying in no uncertain terms what they were to find from the intelligence data being delivered to them for study. In the end, any nuances in their conclusions passed up the line as information products for congressional and media consumption were swept aside, and the case against Saddam Hussein appeared to end users clear and unambiguous, which it most decidedly was not.
In brief summary, then, below are a few issues for readers to consider about Mr. Gingrich, a man who now stands morally outraged, demanding the resignation of the current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Newt Gingrich: The former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives who joined the Republican chorus to defame the man whose wife, a non-official cover CIA operative, was wrecked by Bush Administration officials.
Newt Gingrich: The Pentagon consultant who worked with the discredited Office of Special Plans described by a career military officer as bereft of "good order and discipline" and in that dubious role used his credentials as a former leader of Congress to gain access to some of the inner-most working groups at CIA headquarters, where he went to the analysts there with the clear intention of pressuring them to distort their findings to wage a war that, in reality, had no justification whatsoever.
Newt Gingrich: A pundit hack who now charges that "Pelosi has damaged America's safety" after he, himself, sounded low notes for the disgraceful chorus that defended outing a CIA spy, and after he, himself, participated in systematically building the scaffold of lies that led America to the monumental stupidity of fighting a worthless war that will cost trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives by the time it is over.
Newt Gingrich: a two-faced, partisan hypocrite of the very worst kind.
Newt Gingrich: a modern Republican.
And, yes, the inherent redundancy of those last two was intentional.
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