Wednesday, 20 May 2009

CONGRESSIONAL CONCERN ABOUT ISRAEL

Ken Berwitz

From Arutz Sheva (Israel National News):

End-Run around Obama: 76 Senators Demand Peace without Terror


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

(IsraelNN.com)

More than 250 Congressmen, including 76 senators, have signed a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, telling him that peace cannot come while terrorism continues to wrack Israel.

 

The letter was initiated on April 30 by Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Arlen Specter and Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and John Thune, according to New York Times journalist Edwin Black. He wrote on The Cutting Edge website that the House of Representatives version was rallied by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor.

 

The letter has been signed by 195 members of the House in addition to the 76 senators, and it sends a clears message to the White House about Israels security.

 

The notion that Obama was linking Jerusalem's negotiations with Palestinians to its ability to thwart nuclear annihilation rankled many in the Jewish and non-Jewish Israel support community, Black wrote. In a word, Israel has gone over the presidents head and appealed directly to the Congress.

 

The Congressmen wrote the president, a day after he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, We are writing out of our shared concern over 60 years of conflict in the Middle East, and a mutual desire to see peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

 

We believe that achievement of a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians requires adherence to some key principles. These include an understanding that while the United States has an important role to play, the parties themselves are the ones who will need to negotiate and live with whatever agreement is reached. As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement.

 

"We must also continue to insist on the absolute Palestinian commitment to ending terrorist violence and to building the institutions necessary for a viable Palestinian state living side-by-side, in peace with the Jewish state of Israel."

Given Mr. Obama's outlook, and his ego, I don't know how much cachet this will have with him.  But it is reassuring to see that most US Senators and almost half the House of Representatives understand the world as it is, not the world as Barack Obama fantasizes it.

That said, a few questions:

-Which 23 senators (out of the 99 currently seated) did not sign the letter?  Sight unseen I would bet that they are disproportionately Democrats;

-Which of the 195 house members (that's less than half the total!!) did not sign the letter?  I reiterate my senate bet that, sight unseen, they are disproportionately Democrats;

-If I am correct, will this finally wake some Israel supporters up (especially among my fellow Jews) and show them who is and is not concerned about the survival of Israel?


NEAL BOORTZ ON OBAMA'S NATIONALIZING OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Ken Berwitz

Here are two especially important blogs from Neal Boortz on Barack Obama's (so far successful) efforts to nationalize the auto industry and make it a ward of the state:

SELLING TO GOVERNMENT

By

Neal Boortz

@ May 20, 2009 8:40 AM

 

How do you like the idea of the Imperial Federal Government of the United States owning ALL of General Motors? Well, it could happen! Yeah, I know ... that's pure socialism. But look who's in the White House! A typical Marxist grad student is running the show. Don't act surprised.

 

According to Reuters:

 

General Motors' plan for a bankruptcy filing involves a quick sale of the company's healthy assets to a new company initially owned by the U.S. government, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

 

The new company is expected to honor the claims of secured lenders, possibly in full, according to the source.

 

The remaining assets of GM would stay in bankruptcy protection to satisfy other outstanding claims.

 

The government's plans include giving stakes in the new company to GM's union and bondholders, although the ownership structure of the company is still being negotiated, said the source who is familiar with the company's plans.

 

In addition, the government would extend a credit line to the new company and forgive the bulk of the $15.4 billion in emergency loans that the U.S. has already provided to GM, the source said.

 

But when it comes to the unions, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says that he plans to sell the union's stake in Chrysler and GM in order to raise cash to cover retiree healthcare costs.

 

I'm looking for the part where the government is required to privatize. If you see it, let me know ... or is General Motors, along with Chrysler, going to be a ward of the state.

 

By the way ... Yesterday PrezBO announced his plans for a 39-mile-per-gallon corporate fuel economy average by 2016. Not going to happen. Any American automaker who tries to meet this goal is going to have to sell so many tiny and unsafe high-mileage cars that it will be virtually impossible for them to be profitable without adding thousands to the price of the models that people actually want to buy. This is what you get in a government-run economy. Products that people don't want to buy, but that please the snot out of special interest groups like the Sierra Club.


A LETTER FROM A DODGE DEALER

By

Neal Boortz

@ May 20, 2009 8:24 AM )

 

A listener pointed me to this letter from a Dodge dealer down in Florida. Thought you may enjoy ....

 

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

 

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.

 

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

 

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as "new," nor will we be able to do any warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

 

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

 

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

 

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

 

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster.

 

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

 

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu

This is happening right under our noses.  And it is being cheered on by President Obama's lopsided majority in congress, the hard left, and the still-substantial number of mesmerized robots who cannot find anything that he does to be less than great in every way.

God help us.


MARK STEYN ON THE OBAMA/NETANYAHU MEETING

Ken Berwitz

Since our wonderful "neutral" media seem to have gone out of their way to avoid reporting on the meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I thought I would put up Mark Steyn's brilliantly insightful commentary from www.corner.nationalreview.com:

When Barry Met Bibi   [Mark Steyn]

The Obama-Netanyahu meeting seems to have been a chilly affair:

 

There was a conspicuous lack of praise for his 59-year-old Israeli visitor, whom he said had the "benefit of having served" previously as prime minister and for having "both youth and wisdom".

 

The meeting overran to two hours, suggesting that the two sides had struggled to find a way of presenting a unified face to the watching world.

 

It's in the grand tradition of delusional leaders to inflict ever goofier "linkage" on the Zionist Entity: Only solve the Palestinian problem and [INSERT CRISIS DU JOUR HERE] will go away! This time round the Israelis are being told that another go-round of the ol' "two-state solution" two-step will so entrance Iran that the nuke program will be mothballed.

 

This makes even less sense than the previously confident "linkage" that a Palestinian state would eventually make al-Qaeda beat their suicide bombs into plowshares. Iran has no interest in the Palestinian "peace process." The lack-of-peace process has enabled its proxies to annex Gaza and a big chunk of Lebanon. The only relevant linkage here is that Teheran's destabilization of the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon and beyond is a good indicator of where the broader region will head once the mullahs have gone nuclear.

 

It's interesting to watch how smoothly and painlessly first Europe and now Washington have accepted the inevitability of a nuclear Iran. Alas, it's a little harder to digest not only for Israel but also for the Sunni Arab despots. Yet it seems to be only the hapless Jews the administration is pressuring. An Iranian nuclear regional hegemon will destabilize everything, from Egypt to the Gulf monarchies. And those "pro-American" states that have no particular desire to live under Teheran's umbrella will observe that Washington let it happen, reach their own conclusions about the so-called superpower, and make their dispositions accordingly.

Strange to see Obama lecturing Netanyahu about the iniquity of the "settlements": In a hundred days, he seems to have mastered perfectly the exquisite European technique of having attitudes rather than policies

I urge you to read every word again and learn from Mr. Steyn.

There is more insight, more common sense and more analytical wisdom in those few paragraphs than anything you are likely to see in the major US dailies, on the network news or the morning shows. 


JOE KLEIN GOES OVER THE DEEP END

Ken Berwitz

What happened to Joe Klein?

I remember, years ago, when he was at least somewhat circumspect and you could rely on him for serious analysis.  Sad to say, he is now a left wing shill, nothing more. 

Mr. Klein's downward spiral is bad enough, given that I liked his writing at one time.  But now he appears to have gone over the deep end altogether.

Here, as chronicled by Ben Smith of www.politico.com,  is Klein's comment about the Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer - and Krauthammer's reaction:

"He became Ground Zero among the neo-cons, but he's vastly smarter than most of them," said Time's Joe Klein, an admirer and critic who praised Krauthammer's "writing skills and polemical skills" as "so far above almost anybody writing columns today."

 

"There's something tragic about him too," Klein said, referring to Krauthammer's confinement to a wheelchair, the result of a diving accident during his first year of medical school. "His work would have a lot more nuance if he were able to see the situations he's writing about."

"My writing speaks for itself," Krauthammer responded in a curt email.

His work would have a lot more nuance if he wasn't in a wheelchair?  Did Klein actually say that?  Well, I haven't heard any denial yet, so I assume he did.

Lovely.  Just lovely.

Maybe Mr. Klein would like to tell us how stilted Barack Obama's world view is because, though half White, he lived in a Black neighborhood all those years.  Or how deficient Barney Frank's view of things must be, seeing them from a minority (gay) view.  Or how impossible it would be for New York Governor David Paterson to function successfully because he is nearly blind.  Or why Tim Johnson should be removed from the senate since his stroke has limited him so badly.  Klein must have been furious when Max Cleland, missing three of his four arms and legs, was elected to the US Senate from Georgia too.  Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

I'll stop now.  I think you must get the point.

By the way, I loved Krauthammer's response.   "My writing speaks for itself".  End of story. 

Krauthammer put Klein away very much the way Vice President Cheney dismissed (blew away is more like it) John Edwards when, during their 2004 debate, Edwards intentionally and conspicuously invoked the fact that Cheney's daughter is a lesbian.

Edwards did this in the apparent hope that Cheney's right wing supporters would turn away from the Bush/Cheney ticket because of his daughter's sexual preference.  Cheney, who is nobody's fool, understood that you don't engage someone who is doing something like this -- you put him down in as few words as possible. 

Great job, Dick.  Great job, Charles. 

And come back, Joe (if at all possible).  The old you is missed.


DID THEY TRY FLOSS?

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest episode of "you can't make this stuff up", courtesy of Murray Weiss and Jeremy Olshan, writing for the New York Post:

MET FAN A 'POTTY MOUTH'

TOOTH-IN-TOILET ORDEAL

By MURRAY WEISS and JEREMY OLSHAN

Last updated: 9:05 am
May 20, 2009
Posted: 1:47 am
May 20, 2009

A hapless Mets fan tried to make a diving catch when her gold tooth fell into a Citi Field toilet -- and got her arm stuck in the commode.

The unidentified woman's bizarre Flushing adventure happened during last Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, sources said yesterday.

 

It's unclear how long she was trapped screaming in the john, but stadium security guards and emergency medical personnel eventually showed up.

But they could not pry her loose on their own.

They called for back-up -- dialing up a worker from Cardoza Plumbing, the company that installed all 646 ultra-low-flow toilets at Citi Field.

He rushed to the scene from his company's Jamaica headquarters 7.2 miles away, the sources said.

The anxious victim, meanwhile, could only wait as the toilet continued to flush over her arm.

At one point, she became more entertaining than the game -- which the Mets lost 8-7 -- as fans gathered outside the bathroom near Section 338 to see the off-field action.

It's unclear if the toilet had to be destroyed to free her.

Never mind the toilet, did she get the tooth?

It may not have been successful, but you have to give her credit for taking the plunge.

She may not have gotten her tooth back, but she probably had the cleanest arm at Citi Field.  Not hand, mind you.  Arm.

When Obama agreed to bail out Citicorp I doubt that he was picturing a bucket and a toilet.

Ok, the next bad joke is yours.


CALIFORNIA'S CLEAN AIR

Ken Berwitz

From Steve Gilbert at www.sweetness-light.com:

LA, Other CA Cities Most Polluted In US

May 19th, 2009

Given how Mr. Obama extols California for its leadership in the fight against global warming climate change pollution:

The state of California has also agreed to support this standard and I want to applaud California and Governor Schwarzenegger and the entire California delegation for their extraordinary leadership. They have led the way on this as they have in so many other efforts to protect our environment.

We thought this report from the American Lung Association was especially timely:

Pittsburgh and Los Angeles the most polluted US cities

A report by the American Lung Association

17 May 2009: Six out of ten Americans live in urban areas where air pollution can cause major health problems. While a new report for the American Lung Association acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the USA, it finds nearly every major city was still burdened by air pollution. Despite Americas growing green movement, the air in many cities became dirtier during the past 12 months. The research names Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Bakersfield as the most polluted US cities.

The report finds that air pollution hovers at unhealthy levels in almost every major city, threatening peoples ability to breathe and placing lives at risk. Some of the biggest sources of air pollution, including dirty power plants, dirty diesel engines and ocean-going vessels, also worsen global warming.

Many cities, like Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Baltimore have made considerable improvements in their air quality over the past decade. People living in some of these cities however, are breathing even dirtier air than what was reported in the Lung Associations previous report. Only one city, Fargo, North Dakota, ranked among the cleanest in all three air pollution categories covered by the research.

Sixteen cities making this years 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year. Some 58 per cent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008. The new standard showed that unhealthy ozone levels are more widespread and more severe than previously recognized

California researchers have tripled their estimate of the number of people that particle pollution kills each year in their state.

Low income people and some racial and ethnic groups often face greater risk from pollutants. Pollution sources like factories and power plants may be closer to their homes. Many live near areas with heavy highway traffic or have poor access to health care, which makes them even more vulnerable. Some racial and ethnic groups have a higher prevalence of diseases like asthma or diabetes, which compounds the ill effects of air pollution for these groups.

Most polluted US cities
(By short-term particle pollution)
1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2. Fresno, California
3. Bakersfield, California
4. Los Angeles, California
5. Birmingham, Alabama
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Sacramento, California
8. Logan, Utah
9. Chicago, Illinois
9. Detroit, Michigan

Most polluted US cities
(By ozone pollution)
1. Los Angeles, California
2. Bakersfield, California
3. Visalia, California
4. Fresno, California
5. Houston, Texas
6. Sacramento, California
7. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
8. Charlotte, North Carolina
9. Phoenix, Arizona
10. El Centro, California

Most polluted US cities
(By year-round particle pollution)
1. Bakersfield, California
2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3. Los Angeles, California
4.
Visalia, California
5. Birmingham, Alabama
6. Hanford, California
7. Fresno, California
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9.
Detroit, Michigan
10. Cleveland, Ohio

Look at all of those California cities on the list.

What a triumph.

Yes, they assume you are an ignoramus.  Yes they assume they can lie to your face and have no problem getting away with it.

And why shouldn't they?  How often are they wrong?  Who is going to blow the whistle on them?  Our wonderful "neutral" media?

Keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em.  Yeah, that's the ticket...


CHRIS MATTHEWS: STILL AS ARROGANT AND CLOSED-MINDED AS EVER

Ken Berwitz

Chris Matthews:  How remarkable that a man with ratings this anemic still has not lost even 1% of his super turbo-charged combination of ego and arrogance.

After years and years on MSNBC, Matthews still is entrenched in 3rd place for the 5PM airing of his show.  Matthews usually is in 3rd place for its 7PM airing too, though he occasionally ekes out a win over CNN's Lou Dobbs.   (Evidently this losing streak is more than acceptable to MSNBC, which just handed Matthews a new 4 year contract). 

Anyway, here, from Jeff Poor of www.newsbusters.org,  is an account of Matthews' stunningly egotistical and arrogant attack on California congressperson Dana Rorabacher, for his crime of not marching in lock step with Matthews on global warming:

Matthews to Congressman Over Global Warming Skepticism: Are You a Luddite, a Troglodyte?

 

By Jeff Poor
May 20, 2009 - 10:12 ET

 

When examination of the science is too much work for show preparation and taking a position that falls in line with like-minded ideologues is part of your shtick, you can always resort to ad hominem attacks if needed.

 

In a May 19 segment on his "Hardball" program about global warming, MSNBC's Chris Matthews interviewed Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who had opposing views on the issue. However, Matthews attacked Rohrabacher, a global warming skeptic, as someone ignorant of science.

 

"Congressman Rohrabacher, are you a Luddite, a troglodyte? Are you a part of The Planet of the Apes' that doesn't want science? Where would you place yourself in this argument?" Matthews asked.

 

Rohrabacher stated his position and cited a Rasmussen poll that Matthews dismissed as a "Republican poll."

"I would place myself in the - in the position of being someone who's willing to speak the truth while the rest of the - while the rest of the people are being fed a bunch of baloney," Rohrabacher said. "Let me just note this to you, Chris - the poll you quoted was wrong. That's an old poll. The Rasmussen - the latest Rasmussen poll shows that a vast majority of the American people do not believe that the climate is changing due to human activity."

 

Later in the segment, Matthews used the global warming debate to probe a so-called
"cultural divide" between the two political parties and portrayed Republicans as faith-based and unscientific.

 

"Is there a cultural divide between the two parties that goes beyond this issue, where one party is more traditional in its values and it relies more on faith than on science?" Matthews asked Rohrabacher. "For example, we've had people on this program - I'm sure they're all over the country - who don't believe in evolution. They don't believe in biology the way it's taught."

 

Rohrabacher didn't take the bait and called Matthews out for his portrayal of the GOP.

 

"Chris, that's a good way to shut down the argument. Case closed," Rohrabacher said. 

 

Despite Matthews' unwillingness to accept any contrary point-of-view on the global warming debate as "science," there are hundreds of scientists that question the premise of man-caused global warming trotted out as "consensus" by the news media. A report released by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Dec. 22, 2008 listed more than 650 prominent scientists questioning the hype surrounding global warming alarmism.

Wow.  How tolerant of other views he is.  How open he is to them.

I will end this blog with one more example of what Matthews is all about.  This excerpt from an article by Bill Carter in the March 22, 2009 New York Times gives you a glimpse of his self-image:

...and he came to question, he said, whether he had at least one prerequisite for a political career.

 

Every great guy has three things, Mr. Matthews said. Motive, passion and spontaneity. Clearly I had the final two. But motive? I would say to my wife, When the tough calls come, I would do the right thing. I would check the Constitution. And she would go, What do you want to do? I didnt have that drive to do particular things.

In other words, in Chris Matthews' mind he had two of the three qualities to be a great politician.  But he was too superior to have the third. 

You want ego and arrogance?  Try that on for size.


CHRIS MATTHEWS FALLS FOR THE LIMBAUGH ROCK

Ken Berwitz

I knew it!!  I knew it!!  I knew it!!

In the classic 1950's comedy, "The Phil Silvers Show", Silvers played the conniving Master Sergeant Ernie Bilko, and Joe E. Ross played a sad-sack boob named Rupert Ritzik who always fell for Sgt. Bilko's scams.  Ritzik's signature line, after realizing he'd been had, was "I knew it.  I knew it.  I knew it"

The difference between Ritzik and me is that he said it in a rueful tone.  Me, I'm saying it with a knowing smile.  

Why am I smiling?  Because, as predicted, Chris "ego big as the sky" Matthews, has fallen for Rush Limbaugh's challenge not to mention his name for 30 days.  Hook, line and sinker.  At the beginning of his show he said he will ridicule Limbaugh for it --- which is precisely, exactly, 100% what Limbaugh wanted in the first place.

Earlier today I referred to Rush Limbaugh's set-up as "The Limbaugh Rock".  And he's got Matthews dancing to his beat already.  Do you doubt that the other MSNBC "talent" will follow?


THE MAN IS ASKING A QUESTION...

Ken Berwitz

From "Scott", writing for the www.floppingaces.net web site:

Obama Gives Iran 1Yr for Talks to Work; Iran Responds By Firing Missile And Threatening Israel

Posted by: Scott @ 5:55 am

Really, are there words that adequately describe the ignorance Obamas displaying, or the naivete that his supporters have displayed in believing that talks ever had a chance with Iran?

and no, I have not finished drafting the image for my Dont Let Bush Bomb Iran! t-shirts. When I do, I expect them to be big sellers at the anti-war rallies preceeding Obamas response to Israeli strikes on Iran. Updates to follow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama set a rough timetable for his diplomatic outreach to arch-foe Iran for the first time on Monday, saying he wanted to see serious progress by the end of the year.

He also held out the prospect of tougher sanctions against Tehran to ensure that Iran understands we are serious.

Obamas comments came after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the new Israeli leader was expected to stress Israels concerns about Irans nuclear program.

For those few still in denial, this timetable/timeline/deadline is called a:
PRECONDITION

Irans response?

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran launched a missile with a range of close to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) on Wednesday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Islamic state could send any attacker to hell, official media reported.

The stated range of the surface-to-surface Sejil 2 missile would be almost as far as another Iranian missile, Shahab 3, and analysts say such weaponry could put Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf within reach.

Ya knowwhen even the Democrats Congress starts sending Obama formal, public letters saying, Hey! Irans a real threat. Take em seriously & get us away from the brink of a world war! Well, thats effectively The Clue Phone ringing.

WASHINGTON (AFP) A vast majority of US senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to mind the risks to Israel in any Middle East peace accord as he presses for a two-state solution to the six-decade conflict.

As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement, 76 of the 100 senators wrote Obama in a letter released to reporters.

Simple question:

Does ANYONE think that talks are gonna work with Iran? ANYONE?

 


NEW YORK POST READERS ON NANCY PELOSI

Ken Berwitz

I often write about how the New York Times' letters to the editor are skewed so heavily towards the paper's political agenda (yeah, I know that you would expect more left wing readers if a paper champions their cause, but not this much).

In the interests of fairness, I will now show you how the New York Post, with its conservative skew, does the same thing.,

Here are today's letters to the editors regarding Nancy Pelosi and her claims about the CIA:

THE ISSUE: House Speaker Pelosi's claim that the CIA lied in a 2002 briefing about waterboarding.

***

Democrats ought to seriously consider the political liability that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become ("Pelosi in a Pickle," Editorial, May 16).

With the prospect of a truth commission and a hostile Democratic leader like Pelosi, if I were a CIA operative, I wouldn't stick my neck out to prevent a terrorist attack.

Pelosi is a political opportunist who cannot be trusted to put America's safety first. Having undermined the morale of the intelligence community, she is now 110 percent responsible for any future terrorist attack on America.

If Democrats were smart, they'd dump her like an old shoe.

Paul Izzo

Milford, Conn.

***

Pelosi would not be the first politician to lie to protect his or her own integrity. However, in degrees of lies, this is a big one.

If you say that the CIA is run by a bunch of liars, you had better be able to back it up.

As a politician, the burden of proof is on her. If it turns out that she is lying, she should be sent packing.

Andrew McNiff

Manhattan

***

If Pelosi is calling the people who protect her liars, then we should withdraw all CIA protection so that she can feel safer and the country can save money.

James Cashion

Manhattan

***

I don't like it, but I can accept Pelosi waffling on when and what she was told about torture and waterboarding.

What does give me chills, fever and abject horror is that, as speaker, she is third in line for the presidency of the United States. Perish the thought.

Don Friedkin

Rye

***

Watching Pelosi melt down in front of the American public should serve as an example to other Democrats of what can happen when your agendas are driven by abject hatred.

To think that this ninny is only two steps away from the presidency. Yikes!

Roger Adelmann

Mineola

***

I suggest that the country be spared the expense of liar Pelosi.

Send her on a one-way trip to California. Then allocate the funds typically used to provide her with a private plane and staff to the families of military personnel who need food.

Pelosi's lying, self-aggrandizement and jousting in the political arena are abhorrent.

Had one of her children or a grandchild been murdered on 9/11, she would be more humble. Stop criticizing during wartime.

Congratulations to Leon Panetta and good riddance to Pelosi.

Patricia L Capecii

Scarsdale

***

If Pelosi were a Republican, she would have been forced to resign by now.

As always, the double standard that exists in DC is alive and well.

The Democrats have a free pass with the press and everyone else. We all watched Pelosi lie and, like Bill Clinton, there is no punishment.

Jon Pally

Staten Island

***

If Pelosi is as gullible as she claims to be, she is not fit to be speaker of anybody's house.

If she is the liar she is proving to be, she is still not fit to lead.

Howard Lipset

Port Washington

***

Pelosi has finally rendered herself irrelevant, not only to a vast majority of the voting public but also to her own party members.

Her lack of professional integrity is one of the main problems facing Congress and the president.

The CIA lying to Congress would be tantamount to treason.

It should be evident for someone who holds her position that CIA employees are dedicated individuals who work for the American people, not any specific political party.

This obsession with the Bush administration has crippled Congress long enough.

Do the job or get out.

Theodore Miraldi

The Bronx

To me, the big news isn't that the New York Post selects letters which promote its apparent agenda.  The big news is that the New York Times and New York Post are identical in this regard.

I've said it before and I'll say it again:  In terms of objective news reporting, The New York Times has become the New York Post, with bigger words and a different fold.

----------------------------------------------------------------

Oh, one other thing:  To Don Friedkin of Rye:  It's worse than you think.  She's second in line - right after the Vice President.

The only good news is that if there was a President Pelosi it would mean we were spared a President Biden.


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