Thinking that Obama will continue to protect him from prosecution, Cheney goes on TV again and defends torture. I am not sure if there's any connection, but suddenly Obama, who apparently does listen to the outrage of the people, has today reversed his previous position, and opened the door to prosecution--not of the torturers, but at last(and unlike Abu Ghraib), of the ones who devised and allowed the policy. Cheney may now regret having proudly defended this so many times on TV in the last 100 days. Though he wants all CIA documents on the subject declassified to prove it worked, apparently not realizing the issue is not whether it worked but that it was done at all.
If you poke a bear enough times, Dick, it will bite.
Meanwhile, Peggy Noonan thought it was a good thing that Obama was previously not pursuing this, saying, "Some things should be mysterious." I'm not shocked the lofty, puffy-minded, idealistic Noonan would feel that the distasteful and damning should be "walked away" from. She's spent her whole career trying to rephrase Republican ugliness as something pretty and poetic. But, you know, fuck her.
And if I were Cheney's lawyer, I'd be advising him to withdraw to private life just because there is now public evidence, in a new report from the Senate Armed Services Committee, that torture began well before the war, and in fact in effort of producing information to justify war.
Side thought: I wonder if Kiefer Sutherland has studied what happens to stars who tie themselves too deeply into jingoistic media characters that come from times people want to forget. I suggest he look up "Stallone, Sylvester." And cut himself for every time he helped make torture seem acceptable, the little shit.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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