Following Bush’s interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, where he seemed to indicate and not care that the U.S presence made Iraq a hatchery for al-Queda and hostility towards Americans (and his seeming indifference), the co-President Dick Cheney admitted and boasted in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl about supporting water boarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques”, that have incurred much controversy.
Here is the transcript of the Cheney interview:
KARL: Did you authorize the tactics that were used against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
CHENEY: I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared, as the agency, in effect, came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn’t do. And they talked to me, as well as others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it.
KARL: In hindsight, do you think any of those tactics that were used against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others went too far?
CHENEY: I don’t
So well some men seek to build, inspire, surmount the odds, Cheney is happy with having a legacy of torture. It is frightening and tragic that a despot like this could ever get anywhere near the levers of federal power. Just not having Dick Cheney running things 40 days from now is reason enough to celebrate.