Cheney needs to go away and shut up now; he’s not helping his case any at all.
First, we learned from a Fox ‘News’ interview that Bush was completely briefed on everything that the CIA was doing. Then, later in that same interview, we learned that the CIA didn’t brief Bush and Cheney on everything and were acting outside of the orders. Now today, we learned that Bush did know about the torture, but that it was done for “medical reasons.”
Is your head spinning yet? Because mine is.
While sitting in on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the winner for the title of American’s Most Quisquilian, Waltsome Zoophyte noted that he was “perfectly comfortable” with the torturers being decorated and that he’d “do it again in a minute.” He praised the CIA operatives as “heroes.”
Cheney is desperately trying to turn this into a political football. He made the remarks after the Senate Democrats released the long-awaited investigation into the detention and interrogation practices at Guantanamo Bay and at “black sites” throughout the world. While on Meet the Press, Cheney said there’s “no comparison” between the tactics and the deaths of American citizens on September 11, 2011, adding that the CIA “very carefully avoided” the practice of torture.
It doesn’t matter if there’s no comparison, Cheney, nobody is making one. What we’re saying is that you and your cadre of thugs sold out our country, leaving yet another black stain on our name. Just like there’s no comparison between the “enhanced torture practices” and the Americans murdered on 9/11, there’s no excuse for a nation to indulge in torture.
Especially not one with collective arrogance and inbred narcissism to claim it’s “special” or “exceptional,” when the only thing “exceptional” about us are the lies we tell ourselves to believe that garbage.
Cheney, however, was more than happy to contend that there was a comparison, saying that “torture is what the Al-Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11” and insisting that “there is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation.”
Cheney once again reiterated that he wasn’t aware of “rectal rehydration” as part of the interrogation process, but noted that he thought it was “done for medical reasons.”
While the report questioned the effectiveness of the techniques, in Cheney’s opinion, they absolutely did. He added that Bush knew they worked as well; saying that “This man [Bush] knew what we were doing,” and that “He authorized it. He approved it.”
And he belongs behind bars, Cheney. Just like you.
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