5.22.2009

McClatchy Autopsies Cheney's Speech: He "Ignored some inconvenient truths"

McClatchy's Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel have done an incredible job dissecting each and every lie Cheney spews in his AEI speech yesterday. Here are just a few examples, click over to the piece to see their entire...autopsy:

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney\'s defense Thursday of the Bush administration\'s policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements.

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_ Cheney said that President Barack Obama's decision to release the four top-secret Bush administration memos on the interrogation techniques was "flatly contrary" to U.S. national security, and would help al Qaida train terrorists in how to resist U.S. interrogations.

However, Blair, who oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, said in his statement that he recommended the release of the memos, "strongly supported" Obama's decision to prohibit using the controversial methods and that "we do not need these techniques to keep America safe."

_ Cheney said that the Bush administration "moved decisively against the terrorists in their hideouts and their sanctuaries, and committed to using every asset to take down their networks."

The former vice president didn't point out that Osama bin Laden and his chief lieutenant, Ayman al Zawahri, remain at large nearly eight years after 9-11 and that the Bush administration began diverting U.S. forces, intelligence assets, time and money to planning an invasion of Iraq before it finished the war in Afghanistan against al Qaida and the Taliban....

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_ Cheney denied that there was any connection between the Bush administration's interrogation policies and the abuse of detainee at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, which he blamed on "a few sadistic guards . . . in violation of American law, military regulations and simple decency."

However, a bipartisan Senate Armed Services Committee report in December traced the abuses at Abu Ghraib to the approval of the techniques by senior Bush administration officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

"The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of ’a few bad apples’ acting on their own," said the report issued by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz. "The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality and authorized their use against detainees

read much much more...
DailyKos' Detroit Mark has more analysis:

It was on September 8, 2002 that infamous torturer, Dick Cheney made the claim that having abandoned the hunt for the 9/11 Mastermind and sent our troops into a completely uninvolved country was not for oil at all, but really because the destruction of the planet was at hand.

"And what we've seen recently that has raised our level of concern to the current state of unrest ... is that he now is trying, through his illicit procurement network, to acquire the equipment he needs to be able to enrich uranium -- specifically, aluminum tubes..."

We had to wait years to hear the truth. But not this time.

While Media Matters exposed how Conservative Media Figures Call Cheney Speech "Candid," "Accurate" Despite Discredited Claims:
Despite discredited claims made by Dick Cheney during his May 21 speech, Pat Buchanan referred to Cheney's remarks as "candid," while Ralph Peters said that "every single point [Cheney] raised was accurate."
see my separate post for more...

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