"The enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential in saving
thousands of American lives," he told "Fox News Sunday.
The man is deluded. All the hubbub regarding this issue has occurred because the torturous acts took place, not whether they were successful or not. The vice-president is missing the point that American citizens are angry that their government tortured prisoners and apparently did so with the approval of the White House. Mr. Cheney is a ends-justify-the-means sort of guy whereas I was taught that wrong is wrong.
And why did we torture? I think his reasoning says a lot about how decisions were being made in the time following 9/11:
"Time was deemed to be of essence. There was fear of a pending attack" in the
aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Fear. The attacks were horrific but the Bush White House allowed fear to overwhelm them and make ridiculous decisions. What does it say about those decisions that the vice-president of that administration is still doing talk shows eight years later trying to explain that what they did was correct because we haven't been attacked since 9/11? He's still trying to sell it but no one except Fox and their zombies are listening.
It's not what you accomplished, Mr. Cheney. It's how you did it.