The former veep doesn’t care if that means another successful terrorist strike kills thousands of Americans.
Cheney wants nothing more than to prove his dark, paranoid view of the world is right and that his penchant for torture was justified. He continues his criticism despite his own glaring failures — including pushing for the invasion of Iraq and allowing al-Qaida, and Osama, to regroup in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Still, on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, Cheney made a rare admission. He acknowledged that members of the Bush administration disagreed with his harsh views on treatment of detainees. Indeed, Cheney lost more and more of those battles in the waning years of his tenure.
In his interview, Cheney presented himself as out of step with less hawkish members of the Bush administration on whether to release prisoners from Guantanamo or to preserve interrogation methods that the International Committee of the Red Cross called torture.
He recalled a meeting in the Roosevelt Room “where we had a major shootout” over whether to try captured terrorist suspects before military commissions or, as the Justice Department advocated at the time, in civilian courts.
“We never clearly or totally resolved those issues,” Cheney said. “These are tough questions, no doubt about it. You want my opinion, my view of what ought to happen, I think we have to treat it as a war.”
That’s why it’s such stunning hypocrisy for Cheney and other Republicans to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of the Nigerian undie-bomber. Eric Holder’s justice department is handling Abdulmutallab just like the Bush administration handled shoe-bombed Richard Reid.
Or as Joe Biden put it:
“Dick Cheney’s a fine fellow, but he is not entitled to rewrite history without it being challenged,” Biden said on “Meet the Press.” “I don’t know where he has been. Where was he the last four years of the last administration?”
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