Last night on CNN, Liz Cheney revealed that her father former vice president Dick Cheney is speaking out in defense of torture right now because he is afraid of being prosecuted for war crimes. Apparently, the person that Cheney is most interested in protecting is himself.
Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:
Cheney said, “I don’t think he planned to be doing this, you know, when they left office in January. But I think, as it became clear that President Obama was not only going to be stopping some of these policies, that he was going to be doing things like releasing the — the techniques themselves, so that the terrorists could now train to them, that he was suggesting that perhaps we would even be prosecuting former members of the Bush administration.”
I don’t think anybody should be surprised that a man who is motivated by, and motivates others, with fear is frightened of prosecution. Cheney is on the attack, not out some desire to protect the nation, he is trying to save his own legacy, and keep his butt out of prison. Guys with heart conditions don’t do well in the old pokey. Every once in a while a little bit of truth manages to sneak through, the GOP argument in favor of torture.