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February 16, 2010

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

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

“…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?

CHENEY: Yes.

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