onsdag 20 maj 2009

Röster höjs för Pelosis avgång

Jag skrev i mitt inlägg "Obamas CIA-chef går i strid mot Pelosi" den 16 maj, att jag ansåg att Nancy Pelosi borde sparkas. Dick Morris, tidigare rådgivare till bland annat president Clinton, manar nu till samma sak i en artikel hos RealClearPolitics vid namn "Why Pelosi Must Go" och skriver:

"It's obvious that either Leon Panetta, Obama's head of the CIA, or Nancy Pelosi, his party's Speaker of the House, has to go. No administration can tolerate a permanent, public civil war between two such high-ranking officials... You cannot have the head of the nation's first line of defense against terrorism calling the Speaker of the House a liar and being attacked by her in turn.

Obviously, Obama cannot fire Panetta. First of all, he just appointed him. And second, to cave in to Pelosi (D-Calif.) would earn him the massive disrespect and disapproval of the very operatives on whom he must depend to keep the nation safe.

...Panetta took over as CIA chief under the cloud of his agency's distrust of the man who appointed him. Now he is standing firm for his agency and winning its loyalty and support.

Obama cannot pull the rug out from under him without incurring the agency's permanent animosity. Before Sept. 11, 2001, that may have been an acceptable risk. Now it is not.

But Pelosi is expendable. The job of a Democratic Speaker is to pass the program of the Democratic president. Her ability and track record is measured on a scale of effectiveness. If she is ineffective, she's not up to the job.

There is no way that Nancy Pelosi can be effective while she is engaged in a war of words with the Democratic head of the CIA.

House members have a shark's instinct for blood in the water and know full well that satisfying Pelosi is likely to be an unrewarding occupation.

...Obama cannot allow the distraction and disruption of a feud between Speaker and CIA head to sow the image of an administration at war with itself.

The Speaker is the hired help. She exists to serve her president. And, right now, he needs this fight like he needs a hole in the head."

Dick Morris är dock inte ensam, och (kanske inte helt oväntat) så kräver Republikanerna samma sak. Representanthusets under 1990-talet Republikanske talesman Newt Gingrich ansåg också han att Demokraterna borde skaffa sig en ny taleskvinna:

“I think the Democrats should get a new speaker,” sa han. “Speaker Pelosi’s comments last Thursday, particularly the ones in which she alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely lies to Congress really disqualified her to be Speaker... For the Congress to allow the third ranking person to the president to be a person who is this lacking in respect for national security is very dangerous for this country.”

Här är ett klipp med Gingrichs uttalande:

Källor: RealClearPolitics, Politico

Se även tidigare inlägg:

GOP ad: What did Speaker Pelosi know? 20090519

Newt Gingrich fördömer Nancy Pelosi 20090516

Obamas CIA-chef går i strid mot Pelosi

Demokraternas krig mot CIA 20090515

Pelosi skyller på CIA 20090514

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