Friday, February 19, 2010

Dick Cheney isn't fighting Barack Obama; he's refighting his own long-lost battles. - By Fred Kaplan - Slate Magazine

Cheney admitted as much in the ABC interview. Karl quoted from a 2006 Justice Department report that boasted about how many individuals the Bush administration had indicted and convicted for terrorist-related crimes. And Cheney replied, "Well, we didn't all agree with that."

This was when Cheney wrapped the noose around his neck. There was, he revealed, a meeting in the West Wing where "we had a major shoot-out, over how this was going to be handled, between the Justice Dept., [which] advocated that approach, and many of the rest of us, who wanted to treat it as … an act of war with military commissions."

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What Cheney really wants is a restoration of torture and an evisceration of civilian control well beyond the point favored by even his own party's leaders and officeholders—even George W. Bush. His attacks on Obama are actually attempts at revisionist history, part of a campaign to elevate the issue as one of Republicans against Democrats, or conservatives against liberals—when, in fact, it's just Dick Cheney flailing at dragons that fried him long ago.

Dick Cheney isn't fighting Barack Obama; he's refighting his own long-lost battles. - By Fred Kaplan - Slate Magazine
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