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Pelosi wants entire House to get a war briefing

By Paul Kane
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested that every House member receive a top-level briefing on President Obama's request for 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan, according to a senior aide -- an unusual move demonstrating the high stakes of the war debate.

Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the Capitol on Wednesday to testify before a pair of House and Senate committees Wednesday. They will go before two more congressional committees Thursday.

Other key advisers, including Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, and Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, will appear before key committees early next week, with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Afghan war commander, appearing after that.

The armed services and foreign relations committees cover about a fifth of Congress's total membership. Pelosi wants every House member to be able to see in person a briefing from Obama's top members of the war council, the aide said.

Such a briefing would likely be held on the House floor, which is sometimes used for critical classified matters for the entire chamber to consider. Obama is likely to approve the request, with the massive briefing possibly happening as early as next week.

By Paul Kane  |  December 2, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Queen Pelosi
If you had got a headache trying to wade through the Obama Care Reform Bill, you’ll have a migraine by the time you get through the 3,000 page House Statement of Disbursements (SOD). Congress has been required to make Congressional expenditures public for nearly 45 years. This year, the SOD is available online. It turns out Queen Pelosi, spent $2,993 on flowers between June and October! You work hard for your money. You pay a lot in taxes. Liberals are only generous when it comes to YOUR money! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pelosi spent $30k on food and beverage and $2,740 on bottled water! Why do we have to pay for this junk? Remember when Pelosi said, “This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history" I guess that doesn’t apply to her.

Posted by: prossers7 | December 2, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

nancy continues to whine if everything is not the way she wants it to go. give it up girl. ur bs is over

Posted by: pofinpa | December 2, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Atten: Paul Kane. Re: Your column of 12-02-09 On Pelosi and House Briefing.
The president's demand for 30 '000 troops to fight in Afghanistan is a serious request, and Speaker Pelosi is right in demanding a briefing for the entire House. I hope it will be broadcast on T.V., as this is serious enough to require the attention of the entire population. Even Cyrano will be watching.

Posted by: Cyrano | December 2, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Nancy...darling...clean your house, cook a dinner, do laundry or even get another botox treatment, but get the hell out of politics NOW!

Posted by: jmk55 | December 2, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Eppur, si muove.

Posted by: Geosota | December 3, 2009 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Queen Nancy wants a briefing? Do it right; Put on a flak jacket (With your name in bright letters on it) and go out in the field with the troops and get a non political briefing Any briefing you get back on the Hill will have been so filtered by The Obama Support Group that you will only see smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: TexRancher | December 3, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I think Nancy just needs the rest of the House to attend, to be have someone available to explain what she hears in the war briefing. In the past, when going it alone, she wasn't quite sure.

Posted by: roanns | December 3, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

She just wants everyone to dip their fingers in the blood.

Posted by: hyades | December 3, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

PELOSI needs a long over do vacation. She is one scary woman. SHE WANTS THIS and SHE WANTS THAT, what the PEOPLE WANT IS HER GONE. She is making a total catastrphe of everythingshe is involved with and that is pretty much everything. Maybe she should trade her designer duds for some of that camoflouge, then mabe she will GET IT. She sits on her high and mighty throne like some QUEEN she always looks like she passed gas and it went up her nose. HOW IN THE H&LL DID SHE GET IN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Posted by: itscc721 | December 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

why don't we just put it on C-span live and let terrorists get this in realtime.

Posted by: wcato | December 3, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree with many of the previously posted comments. I don't know what part of 'secret information' Ms. Pelosi and the rest of this administration does not get. If you are trying to help a country, an ally or potential one, you don't broadcast to everyone what you wre going to do, when you are going to do it, where you are going to do it and with how many people you are going to do it. What a different outcome there would have been to WWII if the resistance fighters were plainly visible or if the English and Americans announced exactly when, where and with what they were going to launch an attack. Can you imagine the Normandy invasion this way: "Hello, Mr. Hitler, this is General Eisenhower. Just wanted to let you know that we are going to launch an attack on the Normandy shores sometime in the next 48 hours or so. Thanks, have a good day!" Now I know that is taking it a bit far, but why is it that we seem to have to 'know everything' about any military action our military is going to take and then second guess the Generals and those we have put in charge. If Mr. O or his advisors think they can do it better, cheaper and with less loss of life, then give them the authority to go over and get in the thick of it and get it done. Now we know that is NOT going to happen.

Get off of the business of putting information out for not only us but the enemy to see -- believe me they have eyes and ears everywhere. If he wants more transparency (including Ms. Pelosi) I would suggest that they provide that regarding the Stimulus bill (which is not working; the jobs enhancement (which is not working); and the Health care reformation (which is not going to work either) all of this stuff which is not 'top secret' is done behind closed doors and the other side is completely locked out. Go figure!!

Posted by: nancycrichton | December 3, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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