Cheney for President? Only in a Frightening Alternate Reality

September 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal penned a piece from Mars this week, advancing the notion of Dick Cheney running for president in 2012, citing a possible national security disaster, which in his mind, would result in wholesale bipartisan support for a neoconservative candidate, like Cheney with the requisite “toughness and experience” to keep us safe.

Never mind that Cheney has shown utter contempt for the rule of law and led our nation to a morally bankrupt dark side with his torture policies, last used by the notorious Khmer Rouge regime, which not only damaged our reputation around the world, but kept us less safe.

In Taranto’s alternate reality, the Bush administration’s illegal and brutal torture of prisoners and terrorist detainees was mere “overzealous questioning.” Taranto’s piece is based on outright falsehoods. He cites the 2004 CIA Inspector General’s report as proof that torture worked, when it in fact supports the exact opposite conclusion.

He piggybacks on a recent Washington Post article, based on numerous unnamed sources, that was nothing more than a Cheney propaganda piece, which even the Politico recognized as such.

Read excerpts from James Taranto’s journey to the Twilight Zone:

“As the Obama administration moves toward prosecuting intelligence agents for allegedly overzealous questioning of terrorists in the months following the 9/11 attacks, the Washington Post delivers a timely reminder of why those methods were thought necessary.

We’d venture that for most people the Obama administration’s see-no-evil approach is comforting. After years of fear and vigilance, it’s nice to be able to relax and not worry so much about terrorism.

It’s nice–but potentially dangerous. If the Bush administration’s policies really did keep us safe for 7½ years, then it stands to reason that the Obama administrations’ policies may be endangering us now. Certainly, that is how the public would see it in the event of another terrorist attack.

If that happens, heaven forbid, Obama will be seen to have failed in the most basic presidential duty, and the Bush administration will be vindicated.

As inconceivable as it may seem today, the 2012 election may end up turning on national security. Republicans would be wise to nominate someone with both toughness and experience. Under such circumstances, it’s hard to think of a better candidate–assuming, of course, that he could be persuaded to run–than Richard B. Cheney.”

President Obama is not keeping our country less safe, because he put an end to Cheney’s brutal torture policies.

Consider that, after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, our country did not experience another terrorist attack for nearly eight years. The Clinton administration prosecuted those responsible within the confines of our criminal justice system, without resorting to torture.

Let’s remember, 9/11 happened on Bush and Cheney’s watch and they were unable to catch and prosecute the perpetrators. And it’s not true, that our country did not suffer another terrorist attack since that time. As noted by Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly:

“After all, except for the catastrophic events of 9/11, and the anthrax attacks against Americans, and terrorist attacks against U.S. allies, and the terrorist attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s inability to capture those responsible for 9/11, and waging an unnecessary war that inspired more terrorists, and the success terrorists had in exploiting Bush’s international unpopularity, the Bush/Cheney record on counter-terrorism was awesome.”

Conservatives like Taranto are practically morbidly praying for another terrorist attack so they can point the finger at Obama and falsely claim that it was his fault, because he ended the Bush administration’s torture policies.

In a just and sane world, not the alternate reality that Taranto lives in, Dick Cheney would be prosecuted as a war criminal and not be considered as a serious candidate for President of the United States.


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