Apparently in desperate search for a headline, ABC last night issued the following “breaking news” alert:
Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:
HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI TELLS ABC NEWS’ DIANE SAWYER SHE WON’T BLOCK FUNDING FOR MORE TROOPS IN IRAQ
Watch ‘Good Morning America’ for the full interview.
In fact, Pelosi said nothing of the sort on Good Morning America. She merely repeated her stated view that she does not support cutting funds to U.S. forces already in Iraq.
Pelosi told Sawyer, “[W]e will hold the president accountable. He has to answer for his war. He has dug a hole so deep he can’t even see the light on this. It’s a tragedy. It’s a historic blunder.” Asked about reports that President Bush has already begun increasing U.S. troop levels by 3,500 soldiers, Pelosi said, “The president knows that because the troops are in harm’s way that we won’t cut off the resources. That’s why he’s moving so quickly to put them in harm’s way.” Watch it:
The White House hit back against Pelosi today. Administration spokesperson Dana Perino claimed Pelosi’s comment was “poisonous,” adding, “I think questioning the president’s motivations and suggesting that he, for some political reason, is rushing troops into harm’s way, is not appropriate, it is not correct, and it is unfortunate because we do have troops in harm’s way.”
But earlier this month, a senior Pentagon official admitted to NBC News that “this surge option is more of a political decision than a military one.”
SAWYER: On Iraq, as we sit here right now, 3,500 troops are moving in. That’s the first of the surge. It has begun. Are you going to move to cut off funding for troops going into Iraq as part of the surge?
PELOSI: Democrats will never cut off funding for our troops when they are in harm’s way. But we will hold the president accountable. He has to answer for his war. He has dug a hole so deep he can’t even see the light on this. It’s a tragedy. It’s a historic blunder.
SAWYER: Are you acquiescing in the surge…
SAWYER: … since the pocketbook is the only other control mechanism?
PELOSI: The president knows that because the troops are in harm’s way that we won’t cut off the resources. That’s why he’s moving so quickly to put them in harm’s way.
SAWYER: Are you saying that the president deliberately manipulated the timing that he sent the troops in, in order to avoid congressional action?
PELOSI: Well, I would certainly hope he didn’t manipulate the timing of sending the troops in. I think he could have told us about it sooner, and invited any comments we might have had, any constructive proposals we might have had. We found out about it as the troops were going in.