I seriously doubt that there is a more loathsome person in America than Dick Cheney.
Host Chuck Todd asked Cheney to respond to the Senate Intelligence Committee report’s account that one detainee was “chained to the wall of a cell, doused with water, froze to death in CIA custody.”
“And it turned out it was a case of mistaken identity,” Todd said.
“Right,” Cheney responded. “But the problem I have was with all of the folks that we did release that end up back on the battlefield.”
“I’m more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that in fact were innocent,” he continued.
Todd pressed Cheney, asking if he was okay with the fact that about 25 percent of the detainees interrogated were actually innocent.
“I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective. And our objective is to get the guys who did 9/11 and it is to avoid another attack against the United States,” Cheney responded.
Translation: “So we killed the wrong guy. Compared to lying our way into a war, killing over five thousand American soldiers, countless Iraqis, and helped to create a fanatical bunch of theocratic outlaws, it’s no big deal.”
Of course he’s going to defend torture. People like him never admit to making mistakes even when it goes horribly wrong, and even if he had the heart — transplanted or otherwise — to do it, he’d never expose himself to the possibility that someone would try to arrest him for war crimes.
Dick Cheney never wore a uniform to fight for his country, but I’m pretty sure that given the choice, he’d have one with an iron cross on it.