There’s an internal debate among GOP-ers over whether this is the guy you want out front making your case.
Fine. He may be the Dark Lord in the media—but I think history will reveal him to be the knight in shining armor:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to take his case to the people this morning on CBS’ Face the Nation, with Bob Schieffer. As usual, he was an effective advocate. He explained why he is pushing back against the Obama administration’s attacks on how he and others conducted the war against Islamic terrorists:
It was a time of great concern, and we put in place some very good policies, and they worked, for eight years. Now we have an administration that’s come to power that has been critical of the programs, but not only that, there’s been talk about prosecuting the lawyers in the Justice Department who gave us the opinions that we operated in accordance with, or referring them to the Bar Association for disbarment or sanctions of some kind, or possibly cooperating with foreign governments that are interested in trying to prosecute American officials, those same officials who were responsible for defending this nation for the last eight years.
That whole complex of things is what I find deeply disturbing, and I think to the extent that those policies were responsible for saving lives, that the administration is now trying to cancel those policies or end them, terminate them, then I think it’s fair to argue — and I do argue — that that means in the future we’re not going to have the same safeguards we’ve had for the last eight years.
SCHIEFFER: Do you — is what you’re saying here is that we should do anything if we could get information?
CHENEY: No. Remember what happened here, Bob. We had captured these people. We had pursued interrogation in a normal way. We decided that we needed some enhanced techniques. So we went to the Justice Department. And the controversy has arisen over the opinions written by the Justice Department.
The reason we went to the Justice Department wasn’t because we felt we were going to take some kind of free hand assault on these people or that we were in the torture business. We weren’t. And specifically, what we got from the Office of Legal Counsel were legal memos that laid out what is appropriate and what’s not appropriate, in light of our international commitments.
If we had been about torture, we wouldn’t have wasted our time going to the Justice Department.
How can there be a debate on the issue if no one has the stones to put forward this argument? Cheney is all stones (I would say heart, but this is Cheney) and no apology: “We were defending our county. Any questions?”
And while we’re on the subject of his telling truths:
CHENEY: Well, if I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.
SCHIEFFER: So you think that he’s not a Republican?
CHENEY: I just noted he endorsed the Democratic candidate for president this time, Barack Obama. I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest.
Rush, another truth-teller, has pointed out that the Republicans ran the least Republican candidate in the party (read: centrist, maverick, big-tent, etc.)—and Colin Powell still wouldn’t back him. Despite their long friendship. Rush reasonably deduced Powell’s choice was dictated by race; Cheney thinks it was party.
One of them is right, very likely both.