Torture: No Change of Heart for Dick Cheney (UPDATE)

UPDATE:

As mentioned below, Dick Cheney spoke for one hour and 15 minutes at the Wyoming Republican Party state convention in Cheyenne.

Guess what “fair and balanced” Fox found memorable enough to become the centerpiece of and the title to their piece on Cheney’s appearance?

You guessed it:

“He has been an unmitigated disaster to the country,” Cheney said of Obama.

And the title?

Cheney calls Obama ‘unmitigated disaster’ in post-surgery speech

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Apparently in quite good condition considering his heart transplant three weeks ago, former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke for about an hour and 15 minutes to an appreciative audience at the Wyoming Republican Party state convention in Cheyenne today.

It was his first public engagement since his heart transplant.

According to an AP story published in the Stars and Stripes, Cheney called Obama’s presidency “an unmitigated disaster to the country.” OK, no surprise here — politics is politics.

In a talk that “traced the more than 40 years of Cheney’s political career, including the controversial waterboarding and other interrogation practices the Bush administration employed to extract information from terrorist suspects,” Cheney said — “to the loudest applause of his visit” — “It produced a wealth of information. Don’t let anybody tell you the enhanced interrogation program didn’t work. It did.”

Some might have hoped that Cheney would have had a change of heart in this matter.

We do wish Mr. Cheney well.

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

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  1. An unmitigated disaster to the country, eh?

    Do I detect a bit of projecting?

  2. “Don’t let anybody tell you the enhanced interrogation program didn’t work. ”

    A few years ago I had a discussion about “enhanced interrogation” with a friend of mind who had been through SERE school.

    The subject of water boarding came up, and whether or not it constituted torture.

    He said, and I quote: “anyone who says it isn’t torture doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”

    I’ll defer to my friend who actually endured the technique.

  3. Good point, cjjack.

    We also hear that some who went through SERE claim the opposite. Perhaps. However, there is one HUGE difference: those undergoing so-called (simulated) waterboarding during SERE know that it is training, know that they will NOT be drowned or harmed.

  4. I’m happy Mr. Cheney seems to be recovering well from the heart transplant. It seems remarkable that he is in such great shape so soon.

    I hope he lives long enough to be either cleared or indicted of authorizing the war crime of water boarding. The investigation is still ongoing but nothing will be brought into the open until afer the election. At that time, I hope to hear that those that need to be charged will be charged.

  5. I’ll save my well wishes for people who work to make the world a better place, not for people who are responsible for raining ruin and destruction on innocent lives, who did so under false pretenses and who shamed our country by doing in the process. Frankly I don’t understand these well wishes. Apparently standards in this day and age are endlessly flexible. AFAIC the man is a monster.

  6. I’m happy Mr. Cheney seems to be recovering well from the heart transplant.

    It was an implant and it doesn’t seem to be taking, looks like the evil is rejecting it…

  7. Let me put words in Dick’s mouth…

    “Don’t let anybody tell you that the torture program didn’t work. It did”

    It isn’t like he doesn’t know that some of those techniques are torture…he just has to sell it to the idiots that enjoy being lied to.

    So now lets have an honest debate about whether or not the information we gained from torturing people has kept our country safe.

    Once we have the info on the pro-torture side, we can then debate the morality vs security question.

    Thing is… we will never know what good and bad info we have gained from torturing people… because we cannot admit to torturing people…and there is the whole… “the world hates us for torturing people” problem.

  8. O wad some Power the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as ithers see us!
    It wad frae monie a blunder free us
    An foolish notion:

    Robert Burns

  9. When my brothers and I grew up in the 60′s we were taught how to hunt by my Dad – and I still hunt. That artificially orchestrated carnage Cheney engages in isn’t any sort of hunting I ever learned about. It does go a ways toward telling what a sick person he is. His attitudes about torture tells the rest. When he eventually gets his audience with St. Pete I believe he will have some explaining to do.

  10. “I’m happy Mr. Cheney seems to be recovering well from the heart transplant. It seems remarkable that he is in such great shape so soon.”

    Uh…. he’s not human. That’s why he recovers quickly.

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