Cheney To GOP: Don’t Become More Moderate
Never mind the warnings of Colin Powell, the centrism of Olympia Snow or the defection of Arlen Specter (who was told not to let the door hit him in a sensitive place on the way out). Dick Cheney told radio talker Scott Hennen it would be wrong for Republicans to broaden the party’s tent. (Scott is on North Dakota’s WZFG, “The Flag”, which also carries my show).
“I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate,” Cheney said. “This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles. You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy. I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren’t. Most Republicans have a pretty good idea of values, and aren’t eager to have someone come along and say, ‘Well, the only way you can win is if you start to act more like a Democrat.'”
How do you like that? Dick Cheney defending the Constitution! Wouldn’t that also involve honoring treaties and not advocating for cruel and unusual punishment? Cheney also defended harsh interrogation techniques.
“That assumes that we didn’t try other ways, and in fact we did. We resorted, for example, to waterboarding, which is the source of much of the controversy … with only three individuals,” Cheney said. “In those cases, it was only after we’d gone through all the other steps of the process. The way the whole program was set up was very careful to use other methods and only to resort to the enhanced techniques in those special circumstances.”
Except, waterboading didn’t provide actionable intelligence. One tip-off that it didn’t work is that it was performed 266 times on two individuals. I am personally being tortured by the Dick Cheney Save My Legacy Tour.Click here for reuse options!
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