The Obama administration's new policies on Guantanamo Bay prison and the treatment of detainees makes it more likely a terrorist attack against the United States will succeed, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday.
In an interview with Politico, the former vice president issued a stringent defense of the Bush administration's record on the war on terror, and said he worries the President Obama has already made the country more vulnerable.
“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said in the interview published Wednesday.
Obama should ignore this, but Holder should get the ball rolling on a criminal investigation into Bush officials' illegal actions. Cheney is obviously trying to goad Obama into a war of words to make any future prosecution look like personal retribution. But this shouldn't be about Cheney or Obama. It should be about the law. Torture is torture. Period.
Andrew Sullivan shows how America's torture practices under Bush are having serious consequences for our country's relationship with the UK.
More from Sullivan, this time on Cheney's inexcusable behavior.
Sullivan links to Spencer Ackerman's thorough take down of the nonsense Cheney continues to spew.