Cheney Throws Tantrum About Obama Calling It Torture

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.”

On Planet Cheney, torturing people is just fine. Calling it torture is an “utter disgrace” and “despicable.” Look, I know you don’t want daddy to go to jail, but daddy is a war criminal. Daddy violated the UN Convention Against Torture, which was pushed through by conservative hero Ronald Reagan. Daddy should be in prison. The only reason he isn’t is because the man you’re attacking has protected him from any accountability for his actions. You might not want to bite the hand that protects him.

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.

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  • doublereed

    “Enhanced Interrogation” is not a bold title.

    It’s frightening when euphemisms are considered ‘bold.’ Italics at best.

  • Chiroptera

    Liz Cheney threw a predictable tantrum….

    Well, that’s one good thing to come out of this. I’d’ve liked to see more but if this is all we get, then I’ll take it.

  • John Pieret

    Gee … I wonder if there is a nation out there that might be willing to do a little “extraordinary rendition ” and drop Cheney père and Dubya off in the Hague for a session or two with the International Court of Justice?

  • Phillip IV

    And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes.

    Yeah, it was a huge effort in terms of energy and passion – pronouncing that sentence likely burned 2 calories, or so. Now imagine what Liz would say if Obama ever undertook any actual activity on the issue. (Not likely, I know.)

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Waterboarding reached the U.S. via a circuitous route. The Spanish exported the practice to the Philippines, which they colonized for centuries. It was then adapted by U.S. forces there at the start of the 20th century and, eventually, adopted by some police forces in the U.S.

    During the Spanish-American War, a U.S. soldier, Major Edwin Glenn, was suspended from command for one month and fined $50 for using “the water cure.” In his review, the Army judge advocate said the charges constituted “resort to torture with a view to extort a confession.” He recommended disapproval because “the United States cannot afford to sanction the addition of torture.”

    On Jan. 21, 1968, The Washington Post ran a front-page photo of a U.S. soldier supervising the waterboarding of a captured North Vietnamese soldier. The caption said the technique induced “a flooding sense of suffocation and drowning, meant to make him talk.” The picture led to an Army investigation and, two months later, the court martial of the soldier. — http://www.npr.org/2007/11/03/15886834/waterboarding-a-tortured-history

  • Abby Normal

    It is not like this is the first time Obama has used the word torture in reference to Bush’s so called enhanced interrogation.

    “I believe that waterboarding was torture and, whatever legal rationals were used, it was a mistake.” Pres. Obama, April 2009

    “Waterboarding is torture. Anybody who has actually read about and understands the practice of waterboarding would say that that is torture. And that’s not something we do — period.” Pres. Obama, Nov 2011

    So why are some folks pretending this is some big unprecedented event? I don’t get all the hoopla.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    fifthdentist #5: Waterboarding reached the U.S. via a circuitous route. The Spanish exported the practice to the Philippines, which they colonized for centuries…

    No one expects the Spanish Exportation.

  • cptdoom

    “…in targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept is safe after 9/11…” I think there are families of a few victims of anthrax and the DC sniper, not to mention the families of all the military and civilian personnel needlessly killed in the Iraq war, who would question the success of these “heroes.”

  • Mike Morris

    The ongoing recruitment of anti-American terrorist actors throughout the world are helped greatly by Dick & Liz. The acceptance of torture by her criminal father and his underling Bush make excellent motivators for those wishing to do us harm.

    As Obama seems in no hurry to stand up for those American values he said were against torture, Liz may b the best option for history to condemn her father. The more she shouts and screams, the worse she looks and the worse her father’s legacy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    cptdoom, yes, I think we can all agree we’d have been more safe if we’d tortured more people.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Mike Morris “The ongoing recruitment of anti-American terrorist actors throughout the world are helped greatly by Dick & Liz. The acceptance of torture by her criminal father and his underling Bush make excellent motivators for those wishing to do us harm.”

    Exactly. They hate us for our values.

  • weaver

    I love the lengths they go to when they try to give Liz a veneer of respectability and authority:

    “… Crowley asked the former Wyoming U.S. Senate candidate about Obama’s remarks …”

    Pretty bad when the highest accolade one can claim on one’s CV is “former Wyoming U.S. Senate candidate.”

    Of course, no mention of her ignominious defeat …

  • caseloweraz

    Cheney: “And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes.”

    Is she referring to bin Laden there? Because he’s certainly one of the people the president (by proxy, courtesy of a SEAL team) spent considerable effort to target and eliminate. More than his predecessor, arguably.

  • busterggi

    “targeting and going after patriots, heroes. SS officers and others who kept is safe after the Reichstag fire.”

    Fixed it.

  • jnorris

    IIRC, Governor Jesse Ventura offered to demonstrate waterboarding to Vice-president Cheney, for educational purposes only. Mr Cheney declined the offer.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Abby Normal @ # 6: … why are some folks pretending this is some big unprecedented event?

    Because the (no doubt heavily redacted) Senate committee report on US torture in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected out soon, and the neo-con chorus feels a need to clear their throats before bursting in full song.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The ongoing recruitment of anti-American terrorist actors throughout the world are helped greatly by Dick & Liz. The acceptance of torture by her criminal father and his underling Bush make excellent motivators for those wishing to do us harm.

    And those wishing to do us harm return the favor by giving Congress more reasons to funnel taxpayer money to Haliburton, General Dynamics, General Electric, Boeing, …

    Nice little symbiotic relationship there.

  • briandavis

    …targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept is safe after 9/11. He’s lying about what they did…

    Translation: They are heroes for what they did, but at no time did they do it.

  • sugarfrosted

    @15 at this point I’d waterboard Jesse Ventura explicitly because he deserves it, not as a demonstration.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Maybe Liz should try it. It’s not “torture” it’s “extreme ayurvedic hydrotherapy”!!

  • jws1

    briandavis FTW! My most favorite comment in months!