Video: Pelosi says the troops haven’t died in vain

posted at 5:25 pm on January 19, 2007 by Allahpundit

Sawyer softballed the intro to the segment by drooling that Pelosi is “galvanized steel with a smile,” but she soon made up for it, as you’ll see. Doubly clever is how she put her on the spot in the guise of a touchy-feely question about comforting the bereaved.

Pelosi has no answer, of course. She does her best, but what can she say when the highest octane in the anti-war engine is the left’s moral certitude that American soldiers are dying in vain? As with so much else about Democratic politics, she can’t tell the country how they and she really feel lest it cost them votes, so she politely and tactfully lies and mumbles about patriotism. And then hands Bush a check to keep the war, which she considers a “tragedy” and a “stark blunder,” going.

The White House unloaded on her this afternoon for what she suggested about the timing of the surge — namely, that Bush rushed the troops to Iraq because he suspected the Democrats wouldn’t have the balls to defund them once they’re there, which of course was correct — so I included her comments on that point, too.

Please note that the clip has been edited for brevity.

Update: Barnett wonders when exactly Marines became “young men.”

Update: As for her endorsement of “diplomatic and political initiatives” in Iraq, here’s what Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told Lee Hamilton of the Baker Commission today when he appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

Representative Tom Lantos, the California Democrat who has just assumed the chairmanship of the panel, said it was “utterly unrealistic” to imagine that Tehran and Damascus would help the United States stabilize Iraq, given that they have interests in destabilizing that country and have long worked against American interests in the region.

The committee’s ranking Republican, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, was even more hostile to the idea of negotiating with Iran and Syria. “Given the interests of these two countries, their ongoing terrorist activities, and their poor record of international cooperation, I strongly believe that it would be a mistake to turn to them for assistance in Iraq,” she said.

Update: Army Lawyer summarizes Pelosi’s position thusly: “They didn’t die for nothing, they died for something stupid.”


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Heh – there’s going to be hell to pay to Oprah for that title.

Editor on January 19, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Te he…we won the election…te he…Nancy is in charge…te he…the pedophiles and embezzlers got booted…te he…LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATS!!!

shackler on January 19, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Of course their lives have been wasted, which is why we need to pull out immediately. That’s what she thinks, that’s what I think, that’s what a good share of country thinks, it’s about time to say it.

The truth is ugly sometimes.

Enrique on January 19, 2007 at 5:43 PM

Then you and a good share of the country are very short sided. I dare you to walk up to a service member and tell them their comrads have died in vain.

Editor on January 19, 2007 at 5:47 PM

“Te he…we won the election…te he…Nancy is in charge”

What a dope. Must be a recipient of various “social programs” and still lives with mom.

darwin on January 19, 2007 at 5:52 PM

“Then you and a good share of the country are very short sided. I dare you to walk up to a service member and tell them their comrads have died in vain.”

Agreed, those who think just pulling out will solve all problems apparently haven’t thought much about it.

darwin on January 19, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Notice how she keeps looking to the left every time she goes to reply? Its an indicator she is lying or “creating” a response. She told the truth when she was asked about visiting the family of the CMH winner, because her eyes looked to the right to indicate a memory recall.

I would love to play poker with Pelosi. She has a horrible poker face.

BelchSpeak on January 19, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Telling interview, isn’t it? “His War” vs “Our Troops in Harm’s Way” It’s all Bush’s war and therefor Bush’s fault!

No mention of the people that are actually putting our troops ‘in harm’s way’, namely the insurgents that are attacking our troops and the Iraqi people. No mention of the troops that volunteer to return for another tour of duty, like my nephew. No mention of the numerous American civilians that are there helping the Iraqi people rebuild their economy. No mention of the money generated by American business that sell the Iraqi people, things like cell phones and satellite tv. No mention of the taxes generated by those businesses, taxes that are paid to the American government. No mention at all of the Iraqi people and their struggle for their freedom and control of their own government against an enemy that wishes to force their rule on those who do not want it.

Yes, the Democrats love to support the troops, but only as long as the troops can be used as a whip to beat the President and the Republicans.

BTW, what makes her ‘the most powerful woman in America?” I didn’t know the Senate elevated her to the position of Queen? Just how much power does she really have? No more than any other Senator, and much, much less than the President. Chew on that, liberals! Te he…

RedinBlueCounty on January 19, 2007 at 5:57 PM

Give in to her way on everything until Nov. ’08. There won’t be a Democrat left in Congress after that.

Griz on January 19, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Of course their lives have been wasted, which is why we need to pull out immediately. That’s what she thinks, that’s what I think, that’s what a good share of country thinks, it’s about time to say it.

The truth is ugly sometimes.

Enrique on January 19, 2007 at 5:43 PM

It appears that the left can’t even speak well of the dead. Amazing. Just amazing.

PRCalDude on January 19, 2007 at 6:04 PM

When I heard this on the radio this morning,

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.

I gasped and thought “what a dumbbell and Muenchhausen”. I’m surprised she doesn’t realize how ridiculous and irresponsible that is.

Something truly to be proud of, shackler.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:07 PM

RedinBlueCounty on January 19, 2007 at 5:57 PM

She’s not a Senator. Now, those 100 snoots all think they are the President or should be some day.

She’s still just a congresswoman.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Yeah, whatever… The troops haven’t died in vain yet, because Madam Defarge hasn’t gotten her retreat yet. As soon as she’s done kitting, the heads will roll.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 19, 2007 at 6:14 PM

BTW Nancy, I consider this my war ,too.

bbz123 on January 19, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Enrique, what you think matter by exactly one voice, and you got it!

Here’s what the country thinks and I have no idea how that w/b accomplished sin troops and their sacrifices.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:16 PM

They liberated the people of Iraq.

they will have only died in vain if the democrats force them to leave.

William Amos on January 19, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Creating Dependence

Taking Lee Hamilton’s comments today: Why are democrats all of sudden worried about our government creating dependency—the idea that increasing the number of troops in Baghdad will only make the Iraqi Army more dependent on us and prevent them from stepping up? Why ‘welfare’ reform overseas but no worries about creating dependency at home? Perhaps the ‘dependent’ class in Iraq doesn’t vote for Democrats, but the one at home does. Hypocrisy.

Still-a-Neocon

stillaneocon on January 19, 2007 at 6:20 PM

What’s with this picture? I haven’t seen her this young in the last 20 years. Is it and old picture with a recent date, is it faux, is it the angle or what do you think Yahoo is displaying here?

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Not to get off the subject, does anyone know who does her “facelift”. She looks better today than she did a week ago, her eyebrows aren’t so arched.

By the way Enrique, remember Viet Nam? The tin foil hatted loons forced out of there too. Millions of human beings were tortured or killed outright. Remember the killing fields of Cambodia? Now multiphy by 5-10 and you get close to how many people are going to die when we leave as the Left wants us to.

I get your ideology, but don’t you people give a damn about millions of deaths?

Geez……

sharinlite on January 19, 2007 at 6:37 PM

Translation: They didn’t die for nothing, they died for something stupid.

Sweet.

armylawyer on January 19, 2007 at 6:38 PM

RedinBlueCounty on January 19, 2007 at 5:57 PM

She’s not a Senator. Now, those 100 snoots all think they are the President or should be some day.

She’s still just a congresswoman.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Good point, She’s not a member of the Senate, but only a Representative. I guess, the ‘most powerful woman’ title confused me.

Guess what, liberals? That makes her even less powerful. Te he…

RedinBlueCounty on January 19, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Thank God she is too old to reproduce.

Limerick on January 19, 2007 at 6:49 PM

Unfortunately, most people will see this interview and think Queen Nancy is supporting the troops while evil Bushitler sends them to die. And Her Majesty is more like firm botox with a polident smile.

Scot on January 19, 2007 at 6:51 PM

Of course their lives have been wasted, which is why we need to pull out immediately. That’s what she thinks, that’s what I think, that’s what a good share of country thinks, it’s about time to say it.

The truth is ugly sometimes.

Enrique on January 19, 2007 at 5:43 PM

What an incredibly revealingthing to say. Don’t people who think like you do usually hide your true feelings behind a whole lot of shrubbery? Sometimes, if one waits long enough, someone like you actually puts this kind of crap in writing.

Glynn on January 19, 2007 at 7:14 PM

Not to get off the subject, does anyone know who does her “facelift”. She looks better today than she did a week ago, her eyebrows aren’t so arched.

By the way Enrique, remember Viet Nam? The tin foil hatted loons forced out of there too. Millions of human beings were tortured or killed outright. Remember the killing fields of Cambodia? Now multiphy by 5-10 and you get close to how many people are going to die when we leave as the Left wants us to.

I get your ideology, but don’t you people give a damn about millions of deaths?

Geez……

sharinlite on January 19, 2007 at 6:37 PM

As David Horowitz has said, the left has never acknowledged what happened when we left Vietnam. Their memories, fantastically selective, stopped short before the pictures from Saigon and everything that happened thereafter. All except Chomsky, who applauded and heralded Pol Pot. The rest won’t talk about it, much less acknowledge it. They won’t talk about or acknowledge this time either. They are mental cowards. Among other things.

Glynn on January 19, 2007 at 7:18 PM

She questioned the timing.

sharinlite:
I believe her face is painted fresh each day, using only the finest in organic dyes.

PaisleyCow on January 19, 2007 at 7:30 PM

It really bothers me that so many people TALK about suffering around the world, but fight so hard to condemn people to it.

The people of countries like Iraq and subsaharan Africa will never have a chance at a decent life if we don’t get rid of Dictators and oppressive regimes. That wouldn’t always entail war if more people would speak out.

All the live Aids and whatever aid will never work if the food and resources don’t get to the intended target. So I come to the conclusion that countries are fighting to keep people down.

How am I wrong?

tomas on January 19, 2007 at 7:45 PM

It really bothers me that so many people TALK about suffering around the world, but fight so hard to condemn people to it.

The people of countries like Iraq and subsaharan Africa will never have a chance at a decent life if we don’t get rid of Dictators and oppressive regimes. That wouldn’t always entail war if more people would speak out.

All the live Aids and whatever aid will never work if the food and resources don’t get to the intended target. So I come to the conclusion that countries are fighting to keep people down.

How am I wrong?

tomas on January 19, 2007 at 7:45 PM

You are not wrong! This is the same thinking we see when the left decries the innocent civilians killed in the war but totally refuses to address those killed by Saddam. They are the same people who couldn’t get interested in Rwanda (when Clinton was President) and 800,000 people died in 100 days, but now Darfur has become a leftist cause under Bush. It’s called selective caring. The left are very good at it.

Glynn on January 19, 2007 at 7:50 PM

[Picture thought bubble above Nancy's head] …..

“WTF. I thought ABC was a patsy network that always threw softballs to us Dems. Why is she asking me these difficult questions that I can’t answer? I can’t spin this fast enough. Can Rahm communicate to me in my ear-piece?

Most Powerful Woman in America? Uh-uh. Queen of the Inter-Galactic Botoxed Unicorns – there ya go.

fogw on January 19, 2007 at 7:57 PM

It’s not that the left thinks our soldiers died in vain, it’s that they want them to have died in vain. I couldn’t give a rip less about what they say, they will say whatever is politically expedient. From fighting the foreign surveillance program, trying to give enemy combatants the terrorist bill of rights, supporting the Iraq war with their vote and then disparaging the mission with their rhetoric, at every step of the way they have put up obstacles for this administration to fight the war. Oh, and let’s not forget Harry Reid bragging about killing the Patriot Act. They have put party above country, power above principle, and winning the presidency in 08 over winning in Iraq(and the entire war on terror for that matter). I’m through with platitudes like “it’s not their patriotism I question it’s their judgment”. No, from now on it is their patriotism I question. The problem with the left is they want to defeat America too, but they want to do it while acting patriotic. At least the terrorists say they want to defeat us and then set about doing it via car-bombs and other acts of violence and terror.

Our biggest enemy is the left. Just look at Kos, DU, nd HuffPo, they really tell us what they think while their representatives hide behind false patriotism and feigned love

ritethinker on January 19, 2007 at 8:22 PM

oops………love of country….

ritethinker on January 19, 2007 at 8:24 PM

‘Queen of the Inter-Galactic Botoxed Unicorns’-fogw

—-now written in Sharpie in my book of famous quotes

Limerick on January 19, 2007 at 8:29 PM

“Most Powerful Woman In America” my A*%!!!! That would be Condoleeza Rice! What is wrong with these idiots?

MsUnderestimated on January 19, 2007 at 8:43 PM

Now seeing her photo up on the same page with Kingsman Alex Green……..no further comment needed.

Limerick on January 19, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Glynn on January 19, 2007 at 7:50 PM

Yes to the whole post.

You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna Pelosi.

right2bright on January 19, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Pelosi speaks with a hint of certainty, when calling it President Bushes war. She is so sure we will lose this war,as if she knows everything will be done to turn victory to defeat. Mabey Bush sent the troops in an expidicous manner to quell the violence in Bagdad pronto. Make no mistake about it the loss in the November elections of both houses was huge. It is only a matter of time before the US military is dismantled and the gun control advocates get busy. The left can’t control a truley free society. What if the Presidents plan suceeds in Iraq. Will we give him a ticker tape parade in NY to praise his courage? I say keep it rolling in Iraq till the wheels fall off.

sonnyspats1 on January 19, 2007 at 9:55 PM

She looks better today than she did a week ago, her eyebrows aren’t so arched.

Yeah, she is starting to look like Allen Colmes every day.

PinkyBigglesworth on January 19, 2007 at 10:52 PM

Had to inject this just to lighten up the spirits..Now more than ever, the conservative base needs to organize, but in the mean time..hope you laugh:

The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid
was given to both men, the squad leader asked the
injured Marine what had happened.

The Marine

reported, “I was heavily armed and moving
north along the highway here, and coming south was a
heavily armed insurgent.

We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches
along the road. “I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein
is a miserable, lowlife scumbag, and he yelled back
that Ted Kennedy is a good-for-nothing, fat, left wing
liberal drunk.”

“So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like
a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian! He retaliated by
yelling, Oh yeah? Well, so does Hillary Clinton!”

“And, there we were, in the middle of the road,
shaking hands, when a truck hit us

Pam on January 19, 2007 at 11:08 PM

Was it my imagination, or did Diane Sawyer actually show suprise at the ignorance of this woman.

dingoatemebaby on January 19, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Pelosi is a coward! She knows the public wants nothing to do with her “san francisco values” and no matter how much see tries to hide them, that filthy hole she calls her mouth betrays her on a daily basis! She accused Bush of manipulating the timing of the surge and when Diane called her on it she acted like Michael Jackson doing the moon walk!

“That’s why he is moving so quickly to put them in harms way.”

That folks, and especially you moonbat libs, was an accusation! AND when Diane busted her on it she acted like she meant something else.

The leadership of the dem party are absolutely traitorous!

csdeven on January 19, 2007 at 11:37 PM

Our Congress is full of some serious creeps. She’s mama creep apparently.

Griz on January 19, 2007 at 11:49 PM

so it’s a blunder, but it’s not in vain

what a biggity bitch!

freakagriep on January 20, 2007 at 12:03 AM

If Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder had written this screenplay there would be a 300ft golden statue of them on Hollywood Blvd.

‘The Prodouchers’—’Spring Time for Nancy and Hillary!’

Limerick on January 20, 2007 at 12:19 AM

Nothing pisses me off more than this “it’s Bush’s war” bullcrap. It’s not “Bush’s war.” It’s all of ours. If it goes wrong and Iraq becomes a haven for jihadists, it doesn’t effect just Republicans; it effects every single American.

And that Nancy Pelosi is willing to play that card only proves that she sees the Iraq war as nothing more than a vehicle for her to score political points against the president.

Oh yeah, right, but she’s definitely not playing politics with the troops.

Spare me.

Greg Tinti on January 20, 2007 at 1:28 AM

Something truly to be proud of, shackler.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Entelechy, don’t even bother with shackler – just somebody trying to get a rise out of everybody here.

Rick on January 20, 2007 at 2:25 AM

Te he…we won the election…te he…Nancy is in charge…te he…the pedophiles and embezzlers got booted…te he…LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATS!!!

shackler on January 19, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Pedophiles? You mean this has never happened before with different results?

Democrats have historic amnesia. Fools.

Black Adam on January 20, 2007 at 2:37 AM

What democrat has a plan for Iraq except for “give up”?

Ask Kirsten Powers.

Black Adam on January 20, 2007 at 2:38 AM

Pelosi is a Douchebag.

Sorry Allah..

Viper1 on January 20, 2007 at 6:57 AM

Mort Kondracke seems to think the dems plan is to get the troops out of Baghdad and train the Iraqi army to provide security. They foolishly created a “plan” that covers their political bases by “protecting” our troops by pulling them out of harms way and “fixes” the security issues by dumping it into the fledgling Iraqi’s armys lap.

Again, more fluff and no substance from the dems.

csdeven on January 20, 2007 at 6:57 AM

I said it before, I’ll say it again;
We are at war and we have a 66 year old grandmother from San FranSICKO 2 heartbeats away from the Presidency.
GOD help us.

mountainmanbob on January 20, 2007 at 6:59 AM

Of course their lives have been wasted, which is why we need to pull out immediately. That’s what she thinks, that’s what I think, that’s what a good share of country thinks, it’s about time to say it.

The truth is ugly sometimes.

Enrique on January 19, 2007 at 5:43 PM

See what happens when you think. Nothing good. Now cut it out.

(If you were really true to these convictions, you should have had used some courage to speak up earlier. Or are you just a fair weather friend?)

geckomon on January 20, 2007 at 7:59 AM

(If you were really true to these convictions, you should have had used some courage to speak up earlier. Or are you just a fair weather friend?)

Correction!

geckomon on January 20, 2007 at 8:00 AM

I emailed Pelosi, but got this in return.

“If you are not a resident of Califoria’s 8th Congressional District and are contacting me in regard to my role as speaker, please email me at AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov.”

I emailed her and voiced my displeasure at her comments concerning Cpl Dunham and her accusations of President Bush. I realize it wont do much good because the moonbats will be emailing her professing their undying admiration for her traitorous acts. But, it makes me feel better.

csdeven on January 20, 2007 at 8:07 AM

have you ever been audited before?

tomas on January 20, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Of course they haven’t died in vain. Every dead American soldier she and Cindy SheHag can parade around has advanced the DNC cause…..

(and no, they did not die in vain – most every Iraqi has had a ‘taste’ of democracy and freedom. That is not a small thing nor something lightly forgotten even if we pull out. Of course its better if we don’t pull out!)

CrazyFool on January 20, 2007 at 9:53 AM

How can anyone take a woman seriously who uses her own children and grandchildren as political props. Seriously, she’s had so much plastic surgery, she has damaged her facial muscles so that her only facial expression is perpetually surprised. How is anyone supposed to have a decent serious conversation with her?

Glynn on January 20, 2007 at 10:11 AM

have you ever been audited before?

tomas on January 20, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Was that to me?

csdeven on January 20, 2007 at 10:30 AM

What’s with this picture? I haven’t seen her this young in the last 20 years.

Entelechy on January 19, 2007 at 6:31 PM

I don’t know, but you can definitely see where the tapers missed a spot around the curve of her nose. You can see the drywall right through the paint.

Non-union guys, I guess…

Jaibones on January 20, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Was that to me?

csdeven on January 20, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Yes, I know the democrats like to audit potential enemies.

tomas on January 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM

I’m not worried about audits.

csdeven on January 20, 2007 at 12:54 PM

This plastic faced monstrosity , who doesn’t know anymore than to refer to soldiers saved by the medal winner as OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE, is third in line for the Presidency. As Perry White was fond of saying, “GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST”!

Soothsayer on January 20, 2007 at 5:21 PM

And what’s all this crap about the soldiers being placed in “HARMS WAY”???
WTF does she think their job is?

Soothsayer on January 20, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Was it my imagination, or did Diane Sawyer actually show suprise at the ignorance of this woman.

dingoatemebaby on January 19, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Not your imagination – either Sawyer was genuinely baffled or they forgot to turn on the TelePrompter
and she was forced to attempt spontaneous interviewing, which is a bit harder than simply reading what others write for “her” points.

Either way – priceless.

The debate will go on for years as to right or wrong – either way, our warfighters need our continued prayers and support. Without them there is no us, collectively and as a nation.

Emmett J. on January 21, 2007 at 12:21 AM