Recently, the right wing has attempted to distract from the push for torture accountability by shifting attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Yesterday, Pelosi accused the CIA of “misleading the Congress,” saying — contrary to CIA accounts — that she was not told about waterboarding during a September 2002 briefing. In an interview with ABC radio today, Gingrich launched a vitriolic diatribe at Pelosi:
“I think she has lied to the House, and 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,” Gingrich said.
He continued: “I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I’ve seen in my lifetime.” “She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”
Gingrich gleefully called for an investigation of Pelosi, while at the same time saying that an investigation into Bush’s torture architects could “get a lot of people killed.” And while Gingrich — who has previously defended Dick Cheney on torture — decried Pelosi’s “partisanship” in the interview, he also said that “left-wing Democrats don’t care about defending America.”