Former Vice President Dick Cheney is still a contemptible bastard.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cheney said the harsh interrogations of suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were “absolutely essential” to get information to prevent more attacks like the 2001 suicide hijackings that targeted New York and Washington.
“President Obama campaigned against it all across the country, and now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” he said.
As Melissa McEwan notes, “But it’s a little like my constantly saying, ‘Because the Republican Party is allowed to exist, a meteor is going to crash into a house!’ Someday, somewhere, a meteor will crash into a house. That wouldn’t make my asserted blame for the grim prediction retroactively true.”
And he’s still sticking up for his crony, Scooter Libby.
He said Bush left former Cheney aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby “sort of hanging in the wind” by refusing to issue Libby a pardon before leaving office. Libby was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to federal agents investigating the leak of a former CIA officer’s identity.
“I believe firmly that Scooter was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon, and the president disagreed with that,” Cheney said. He would disclose no details of his efforts to lobby the president on Libby’s behalf, saying they would be “best left to history.”
The fact that Mr. Cheney was probably the person who put Mr. Libby up to it and therefore should have at least taken responsibility for his own actions — if not stood trial with him — seems to escape him.
As for the economic situation that they left us with: “Stuff happens.”
The only saving grace that George W. Bush left us with was his good health and the fact that he was able to fulfill his terms of office without this alleged human being getting the chance to become president.