Thursday, October 22, 2009

Still Dick

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave another speech in front of another fawning audience of right-wing torture enablers and still thinks that the ends justify the means.

In short, to call enhanced interrogation a program of torture is not only to disregard the program’s legal underpinnings and safeguards. Such accusations are a libel against dedicated professionals who acted honorably and well, in our country’s name and in our country’s cause. What’s more, to completely rule out enhanced interrogation in the future, in favor of half-measures, is unwise in the extreme. In the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half exposed.

For all that we’ve lost in this conflict, the United States has never lost its moral bearings – and least of all can that be said of our armed forces and intelligence personnel. They have done right, they have made our country safer, and a lot of Americans are alive today because of them.

To hear someone who had no problem outing a CIA operative and putting her and her contacts’ lives in danger for the purpose of political revenge claim that “the United States has never lost its moral bearings” is a little too ironic, even for him. On the other hand, he does have a point: the voters soundly rejected Mr. Cheney and his wormtongues last year, which proves that they knew what’s moral as well as legal.

Isn’t it about time Mr. Cheney went back into the shop to get the bolts in his neck tightened?