On Torture, Cheney Implicates Bush

On Face the Nation today:

SCHIEFFER: How much did President Bush know specifically about the methods that were being used? We know that you– and you have said– that you approved this…

CHENEY: Right.

SCHIEFFER: … somewhere down the line. Did President Bush know everything you knew?

CHENEY: I certainly, yes, have every reason to believe he knew — he knew a great deal about the program. He basically authorized it. I mean, this was a presidential-level decision. And the decision went to the president. He signed off on it.

It’s clear that Cheney means to bring Bush down with him. I wonder what Bush is thinking, hearing this. And did they listen to the torture tapes in the White House together?

Just asking.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to On Torture, Cheney Implicates Bush

  1. Scarlet Letter says:

    Off Topic

    We started an interesting discussion on Woody Allen and “the insights that come from literature” on another blog. If you would like to continue the discussion please contact me.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Scarlet Letter:

    Yes, I enjoyed talking to you. Feel free to come by this blog anytime and discuss whatever you want. I like literary topics, of course.


  3. N Waff says:

    When is he going to come out of the closet and repeat his words.

  4. santitafarella says:

    N Waff:

    I appreciate you sharing the video of Schumer, who is a Democrat. It’s a shameful moment for him to have talked this way. But don’t you think that the “nuclear bomb emergency torture moment” is a canard, and a distraction from what is really at issue here? Isn’t it a fact that this is NOT the kind of dilemma that we faced—to torture someone or see a US city obliterated by a nuclear bomb. Obviously, we were torturing for much less urgent bits of intelligence.

    I’d like a 9/11 style independent commission with subpeona power to investigate Bush era torture, so that all the facts surrounding this matter can be brought into the air and sunlight, don’t you? And if that means that Democrats as well as Republicans find themselves embarrassed, implicated, or complicitious in torture, so be it.

    I want to know exactly what a democratically elected government that has formally signed onto the Geneva Conventions has done in my name, and whether torture tactics elicited any genuinely valuable information, don’t you?

    I want those complicitious in torture to pay a high price now so that future presidents will not be tempted to use it in the future. If we sit on this, it will signal to some future president that he or she can get away with this kind of evil and probably not pay much of a price.

    It’s not a partisan thing. It’s a matter of right and wrong, and making sure that future presidents aren’t tempted to repeat the behavior of the Bush administration in this regard.


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