Democrats’ risky focus on torture

Barack Obama warned Democrats in Congress against making a partisan cause out of the Bush administration‘s harsh interrogation tactics.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ignoring him — loudly — and the party, from the president on down, may pay the price.

So far, it’s Pelosi who’s suffered the greatest harm.

It may never be resolved exactly when she first learned that waterboarding had been used against terror suspects — in 2002 when she was the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee or five months later after she became her party’s leader.

But the Democrats’ claim to the moral high ground on the issue has been blemished by her explanation this week that in early 2003 she shifted her attention to winning political control of the House and didn’t wage a protest against what she now calls torture.

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By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer


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