A declassified Senate report is about to be released, putting to rest any lingering doubts that anyone may have as to whether or not the conviction in absentia of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes was proper.
The President, of course, had no choice in the matter. Knowing that the report was about to be made public, Obama had to step up and admit that we, and it was indeed we since we all bear responsibility for the bad acts of our leaders during wartime, were guilty of having tortured prisoners during the Bush administration.
The President’s remarks came on Friday in advance of the release of the Senate report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program” — a euphemism for torture:
“We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. A lot of those folks were working hard and under enormous pressure, and are real patriots. But having said all that, we did some things that were wrong.”
Of course the entire world already knew this. There were attempts to prosecute Bush and Cheney in Canada, Switzerland, Spain and Germany, but all failed due to pressure from the U.S. government. In 2012, a war crimes tribunal was finally convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where two men and 6 others were convicted unanimously of torturing prisoners in Guantanamo and at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Liz Cheney however continues to defend her father and refer to the men who tortured prisoners under orders from her father and Bush as “heroes,” while demeaning the President:
“This president is an utter disgrace. He’s expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept us safe after 9/11. He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009. Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”
Her claim that the CIA officers who administered that torture are “heroes” who “kept us safe” has been outrightly debunked. It is a well-known fact that torture seldom if ever yields any useful information. A man being tortured will tell his torturer whatever he wants to hear and there is absolutely no evidence that anything was learned from those who were tortured.
Liz may be angry, but it’s her turn. The rest of the world has been angry for a decade that her father and others in the the Bush Administration have avoided accountability for their actions.