No beating around Bush: “I did it. I’d do it again.” What a Dick Cheney: “I was a big supporter of waterboarding.”

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on Feb 16, 2010
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Update: Bush sparks domestic and international ire by casually admitting that he’d ordered waterboarding, and would happily do it again.

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“…I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques…”

Terrorism = UnAmerican. Euphemisms like “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” and “Collateral Damage” = UnAmerican. Video.

Does it help to protect the US if in so doing we destroy the Values that give it Life?

I still can’t believe this man was our VP. And a powerful VP, at that. While I don’t hate him—he’s too thick-headed to realize that his impassioned defense of America only resulted in more hatred toward us, and a corruption of our own dearly-honored values—I am glad to see his influence waning.

You know when someone is using euphemisms like “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” or “Collateral Damage” that said person is embarrassed of what they’re actually talking about. Healthy Forests, Clean Skies, Operation Iraqi Freedom…these are names right out of 1984 or a Brave New World.

Let’s get back to calling a spade a spade, and being proud of what we do. For example, the first (justifiable) Iraq War had the awesome-sounding name “Operation Desert Storm.” Why? Because George the elder wasn’t embarrassed of said war. He had broad international support, and honored the Geneva conventions in said war (as far as I remember).

From the interview:

CHENEY: I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques that…

KARL: And you opposed the administration’s actions of doing away with waterboarding?



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3 Responses to “No beating around Bush: “I did it. I’d do it again.” What a Dick Cheney: “I was a big supporter of waterboarding.””

  1. Greg says:

    Have you ever sat face-to-face with someone who delighted in causing the death of another? And who would not feel remorse at causing the death of yet others? I have. It is something that must be experienced.

    When faced with the probable death of others at the hands of such a remorseless killer – I do not know if I would have the power to say no to waterboarding. Not sure how I would get my head around the situation. I know I would not maim or torture so as to injure – but would I have the strength to say no to waterboarding when faced with such a person? Dunno.

    I wonder if others truly know their heart in such a case. If such a remorseless thug said, "I have sent a group to abduct, torture, and kill the members of an entire Buddhist monastery but I will not tell you which one or when," what might you do? Would the pain, torment, and violent death of the gentle and peaceful monks be preferable to the temporary, albeit extreme, discomfort of the thug who enjoys the suffering of monks?

    How would you deal with the karma of knowing you could have prevented the extreme suffering of many by temporary means meant to break a killer who had no remorse? Tough questions.

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