How Dare He?

Dick Cheney on Face The Nation:

“SCHIEFFER: What do you say to those, Mr. Vice President, who say that when we employ these kinds of tactics, which are after all the tactics that the other side uses, that when we adopt their methods, that we’re weakening security, not enhancing security, because it sort of makes a mockery of what we tell the rest of the world?

CHENEY: Well, then you’d have to say that, in effect, we’re prepared to sacrifice American lives rather than run an intelligent interrogation program that would provide us the information we need to protect America.”

I’m not going to rehearse again all the reasons to think that torture is immoral, does not work, and makes us less safe, not more. I’ve said all that many, many times before. What I do want to say is just this:

Dick Cheney forfeited the right to lecture anyone on their willingness to sacrifice American lives the day he decided to deceive us into an unnecessary war.

He might have forgotten about the 4,287 American lives that have been lost because of him and the administration he was a part of — not to mention the 318 other coalition troops, and God alone knows how many Iraqis. But I have not. And I don’t think I’m alone.

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