Liz Cheney threw a predictable tantrum — we must protect daddy, after all — over President Obama’s use of the word torture to describe waterboarding and other techniques used on detainees after 9/11. She turned the outrage machine up to 11 — on Fox News, of course.
In a segment boldly titled, ‘Enhanced interrogation,’ Crowley asked the former Wyoming U.S. Senate candidate about Obama’s remarks earlier this week when the president said, “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”
“You know Monica, this president is an utter disgrace. He’s got a situation where, as your last two reports showed, you’ve got crises erupting around the world, ” a fired-up Cheney complained. “And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept is safe after 9/11. He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009.”
Cheney added, “Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”
And this is what “American exceptionalism” truly is, the belief that Americans should be judged by a completely different standard than everyone else. We have prosecuted soldiers from other countries for waterboarding, including the Japanese after WW2. But when Americans do it, let’s all just play pretend and act like it suddenly and magically isn’t torture.