Skip to comments.O'S UNLIKELY MENTOR: CHENEY-LIKE TURN ON PHOTOS
Posted on 05/15/2009 3:33:38 AM PDT by Scanian
DICK Cheney is getting vindication from an unlikely source -- the very Obama administration he's bedeviling in all his TV interviews.
The former vice president has dared to defend the Bush administration from charges that it ran a torturing, Constitution-shredding criminal enterprise for years under the guise of the "War on Terror." He's been duly subjected to the Two Minutes Hate -- on an endless loop -- from all the people who want him to slink to an undisclosed location never to emerge again.
Cheney's defense is so notable because he's so lonely. As the Bush administration is accused of war crimes, other Bush stalwarts have fallen silent. Where is Condi Rice (who at least defended herself when challenged on waterboarding by a fourth-grader the other day)? Where is former National Security Adviser Steve Hadley? Where is George W. Bush, who wants to maintain post-presidential decorum but might bestir himself to stand up for the people who pro- tected the nation during his presidency?
No, this is a job for a man with a stomach of steel, who can take satisfaction in President Obama's Cheney-like turn. Obama has decided to "delay" the release of photos of detainee abuse -- maybe secrecy does have an important role in national-security affairs. Obama is considering indefinite detention of terrorists on US soil and reviving military commissions -- maybe the system of detention and trials the Bush administration created wasn't so lunatic after all.
The photo reversal brought thunderous denunciations on the left. The American Civil Liberties Union, whose Freedom of Information Act request seemed set to force the release of the photos, huffed that Obama had adopted "the stonewalling tactics and opaque policies of the Bush administration." Human Rights Watch decried "a blow to openness, accountability."
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Among Cheney's many admirable attributes.
Ya gotta love him!
Right now Dick Cheney is the only real man in a town full of thieving politicians.
He’s got my vote!
I wonder if publishing photos of what a homicide/suicide bomber looks like before/ after the event would be a “de-recruitment” tool for fanatic young Moslems ? I’m sure we must have pictures like that; why not sue for their release?
Obama flipped on this because he thought it was best for him politically. Pure and simple.
Exactly. He wants to dial down the heat on as many things as possible so he can get the focus on health care.
I think he is pulling a McCain/Feingold game here. I believe that McLame thought he could support that ludicrous bill and the courts would overturn it. But—surprise—they ruled it constitutional. Hussein thinks the same here—he will resist publishing the photos but the courts will give in to the ACLU.
Cheney Unchained! Go get ‘em Dick.