Dick and Liz's defense of torture is hurting America's moral authority.
The Cheney Clan still won’t give in to reality or public opinion, especially when it comes to waterboarding. It’s amazing to me that anyone can even defend the practice, let alone claim that it’s not torture. But both Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have become the main faces of public support for waterboarding and severe torture tactics. I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. Their attitudes don’t just make them look like total pricks, but it also resonates around the world. The Cheney’s are hurting America’s moral authority (whatever is left of it at least.)
Waterboarding is back in the news yet again because Liz Cheney has gone on a media tour to defend her dad’s actions. She’s been attacking Democratic lawmakers who are pushing for an investigation into the CIA torture program under the Bush Administration. In doing so, she is only reinforcing an already abysmal ideal that many Americans already see as bullshit.
Waterboarding, as I’m sure our readers are aware, has been an issue in the United States for the past decade. The main issue of course is that the practice of waterboarding has been classified by every legal standard as a torture technique to simulate drowning. The use of this tactic by American intelligence agents against suspected and known terrorists has caused great harm to America’s image. Even still, the Cheney’s defend every instance of torture enacted after 9/11.
Keep in mind that this is not a very close debate. Just about every legal indicator states or leans towards the fact that waterboarding is torture, and therefore is technically a cruel and unusual punishment, banned under the US Constitution. The UN has declared waterboarding torture, and in fact the United States has done the same on several occasions.
After World War II, the US and Allied Powers had Japanese war criminal executed for using waterboarding on American and Allied POWs. The US decried waterboarding when it was used by the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War, and by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The same goes for Saddam Hussein who supposedly used it against his political opponents.
Many survivors of waterboarding will attest that it is indeed torture. People like Jesse Ventura to John McCain, all testify that waterboarding is torture. These people who have experienced torture have often put up challenges to those defending the practices to undergo the procedures themselves. Even Rand Paul has stated the GOP should reject the Cheney’s for defending torture. Not surprising, neither Dick or Liz Cheney have stepped up to meet the challenges.
It’s odd how much people like the Cheney’s downplay the harmful effects of waterboarding. The way they present it, you would think waterboarding was like giving someone a bubble bath. So then what’s the point if the practice is indeed so harmless? You mean to tell me you expect the bad guys to talk simply by “sprinkling water” on their faces? Either the Cheney’s are defending torture, or they’re defending the dumbest interrogation tactic I have ever heard.
I’m glad that more more figures are coming out against the Cheney’s. It’s obvious why they are defending waterboarding. Dick Cheney is trying to defend his legacy, and he certainly doesn’t want the government to sanction him as the VP who presided over illegal torture. Liz of course is just a patsy to defend her dad. What sickens me, though, is how vehemently they defend the past horrors.
So many Americans wonder why many people across the world do not like the United States. Dick Cheney is one huge example of why. The United States goes on tirades about democracy, international law, and human rights when a country like Russia, Iran, or Syria start behaving badly. The US continually breaks international norms and laws, but somehow can still lecture other countries with a straight face.
Not all Americans are like this, but a large subset of America can somehow preach one thing and practice another without a trace of irony. No wonder why the Russians don’t take us seriously when we berate them about Ukraine. We have no credibility on these matters anymore, and the Cheney’s are partly to blame.
Dick and Liz, please just fade into obscurity. The American people are not idiots. Pander to your base all you like, you cannot hide what you did and still defend it. Honestly, I would love to see a criminal investigation against the entire Bush Administration for their roles in the torture scheme, Cheney being top on the list. Rather than a prison term, we should ship them to GITMO in order to be waterboarded 100 plus times a piece. Then we can see what Dick has to say about waterboarding.