The recent report by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the use of torture in terror interrogations is drawing fire from all sides. Some, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, defended the practice. CNN reported last week on his remarks,
Former Vice President Dick Cheney led a parade of George W. Bush administration officials who denounced a report on harsh interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects, saying he would “do it again in a minute.”
Defenders of the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques used the weekend’s news programs to make a passionate case, following the release of a scathing report, composed by Senate Democrats, condemning the Bush-era practices.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney said the methods described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report — including mock executions, rectal feeding and sleep deprivation — don’t amount to torture.
Torture, Cheney said, “is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York City on 9/11.”
“There’s this notion that somehow there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists do and what we do. And that’s absolutely not true,” he said. “We were very careful to stop short of torture. The Senate has seen fit to label their report torture. But we worked hard to stay short of that definition.”
Not surprisingly, many on the left disagreed. Despite the fact that Guantanamo has remained open, which has been met with silence from the left, the Senate report on torture has reinvigorated liberals’ vitriolic hatred of anyone connected to the Bush administration. Surprisingly, though, liberal late night host Jon Stewart had some oddly kind words for the former president during his show this week regarding the report. The Washington Post published the comments along with the video of the segment,
On Monday’s “Daily Show,” after playing clips of Cheney defending the CIA’s interrogation techniques — which some, including President Obama, have labeled “torture” — Stewart gave the rare kind-of-compliment to Bush.
“I’m going to end on a note of gratitude — something I never thought that I would say,” Stewart said. “George W. Bush, thank you for not dying while you were in office.”
Funny… conservatives could say the same to President Barack Obama about Vice President Joe Biden.
Does this count as a compliment?