Incredible. Absolutely freaking incredible.
Today: "In my long experience in Washington, few matters have inspired so much contrived indignation and phony moralizing as the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists."
Taken at face value, this statement shows that Cheney believes that American senators and representatives are not truly offended at all that we as a country tortured people. He apparently believes that the outrage against torture is nothing more than political posturing.
Nothing, absolutely nothing could be further from the truth. To this particular retired Navy man, Cheney – like Rumsfeld, Limbaugh, and Bush (who served only in a 'boutique squadron' and never left the States during his entire tour of duty) is nothing more than another chickenhawk, someone who has never really served in the military but is absolutely sure that he knows what the military is all about and is all too eager to send them in harm's way.
A simple search on Google will find that the American government was not the first to coin the phrase 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'. No, that particular distinction belongs to the Nazis, as is made clear in articles from The Atlantic and Harper's. In fact, the article in The Atlantic makes clear that the Bush Administration's EIT program differed from the Nazi EIT program only in that the Nazis seemed to provide more oversight and used methods less outrageous than those of the Bush Administration.
Don't get me wrong – I'm only referring to the Enhanced Interrogation Technique programs of the Nazis and the Bush Administration, and I'm certainly not comparing the Bush administration to the Nazis. I'm only pointing out that this ONE program bears an uncomfortably close resemblance to that used by the Nazis, only ours was worse.
Not only that, but Cheney took it one step further. Interrogators' use of waterboarding, he insisted, was not only lawful but "skillful" and "entirely honorable." Y'know, we've seen a plethora of military officers up to and including generals who have decried the use of this torture, and we've seen FBI and CIA agents come out against it…but I've yet to see ANY military, FBI, or CIA agents come out FOR waterboarding. The only ones I've heard FOR waterboarding are chickenhawks who never served.
I figure I'm probably wrong about that, though – there's GOT to be someone from the military, FBI, or CIA somewhere who's got some experience with EIT who is willing to tell just how valuable they were to America's security. I haven't seen them yet. I'm sure the readers of this post will oblige and find some. Until then, as far as I'm concerned, Cheney's a wonderful example of Samuel Johnson's maxim that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," for he must realize that his own statements have landed him afoul of international law and treaty, and such "patriotism" may well be his only way to avoid an appointment at The Hague.