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Nancy

06/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nancy is the precocious and wily young lady who is constantly in the state of a daydream or confused plot.

"I am saying that the C.I.A. was misleading the Congress and at the same time the administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction."

Sluggo Panetta is Nancy's best friend, although sometimes seems at odds with some of her decisions.

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"Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values...our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing 'the enhanced techniques that had been employed.'"

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Spike (aka: Butch Gingrich) is the obnoxious town bully.

"To have the person third in line to be president say that the CIA misleads us all the time is so utterly irresponsible and such an attack on the men and women who are risking their lives...that she disqualifies herself for being speaker of the House."

However, Sluggo occasionally gets one over on Spike and gets Nancy back on track.

"Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened."

"My advice...to you is straightforward: ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission. We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country."

Jimbo is often portrayed as the put-upon ethics guy who offers only one piece of advice. "Stop the press conferences, finger-pointing and political maneuvering and focus on the business of the people.

Note: "Nancy" is a daily comic strip originally written and drawn by Ernie Bushmiller. Currently written and drawn by Guy and Brad Gilchrist, it is syndicated by United Features. In drawing comparisons to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CIA Chief Leon Panetta and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, no disparagement should be inferred or implied against Nancy, Sluggo or Spike.

Jim Lichtman (aka: Jimbo) is the writer and ethics specialist whose commentaries can be read at www.ethicsStupid.com.