Madam Speaker: “Put Your Best Face Forward”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is off to China leading a Congressional delegation visiting from May 24-31. Will the pomp and circumstance and her apparent intent to focus on winning allies in the battle against “climate change” be enough to make everyone forget about her allegations levied against the CIA recently? Her outlandish accusations are unlikely to be forgotten by the folks at the CIA, or of course by opposition critics.

Pelosi is also known for making critical remarks against the Chinese regime relative to human rights issues and with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4th, will she be able to resist the temptation to say something about it? The Chinese culture is in general, and in particular Chinese government officials are very sensitive to criticism and to “saving face,” so speculation is she may do the politically correct thing. Causing a furor now would draw a lot more attention to Pelosi. The Democrats surely don’t want people reminded of other recent statements by the Speaker relative to the CIA and her knowledge briefings on “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Probably she will shut up about it, which is a hell of a lot more consideration than she gave the CIA when she was similarly focused, not on “climate change”, but on saving her own face, not to mention her own hide.

Copyright 2009 Edward Podritske

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