21 May, 2009

The Demands for Arlen Specter's Head Begin in 3...2...1...

Dear, oh dear. It looks like Arlen's break with the Cons is nearly complete:

Yes, I'm glad that Arlen "the Scrapple formerly known as Haggis" Specter has come out in support of Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that CIA misled her in her September 2002 briefing.

"The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to — I was about to say 'candid'; that's too mild — to honesty," Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a lunch address to the American Law Institute. He cited misleading information about the agency's involvement in mining harbors in Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra affair."Director [Leon] Panetta says the agency does not make it a habit to misinform Congress. I believe that is true. It is not the policy of the Central Intelligence Agency to misinform Congress," Specter said. "But that doesn't mean that they're all giving out the information."

Because of leaks that have come from Congress, Specter said, he understands the agency's hesitancy to disclose all its information.

"The current controversy involving Speaker Pelosi and the CIA is very unfortunate, in my opinion, because it politicizes the issue and it takes away attention from ... how does the Congress get accurate information from the CIA?" Specter said. "For political gain, people are making headlines."

The howls for his blood, already loud, will shatter eardrums now. Because only Cons are allowed to call the CIA a bunch of liars. So either Arlen forgot he's a Dem again, or he's decided to hell with it and decided to take a flamethrower to a few bridges.

Either way works for me.

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