Daily news and commentary by: Whymrhymer

Could VP Dick Cheney have been any more clear? Yes, he certainly could have but apparently he is a man of few words . . . too few.

The vice president took an interview last week with Scott Hennen, a radio talk-show host in from Fargo, North Dakota. According to an article in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle here’s how it went:

Hennen told Cheney that “some” of his listeners believed that: “if it takes dunking a terrorist in water, we’re all for it, if it saves American lives.”

A bit later Henen asked this question of Cheney:”Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?”

To which Cheney responded: “It’s a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president ‘for torture.’ We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.”

When I read that transcript of the conversation it was perfectly obvious to me that Cheney was saying that HIS PERSONAL feeling is that waterboarding in OK but OFFICIALLY, the administration considers waterboarding to be a form of torture and, therefore, for the record, the U.S. does not do it.

Why these words didn’t come out of his mouth is anyone’s guess; my guess is that Cheney thought he was saying just that, and saying it very clearly. Later, however, to the ‘pool’ reporters that travel with him, he denied saying “anything”.

Personally, I agree with Henen’s listeners and with Cheney’s personal opinion — Dunk ‘em if they know something our government needs to know; and don’t be naive enough to
think, for even a minute, that any kindness or restraint we might practice when dealing with terrorist prisoners will be reciprocated if a terrorist catches one of our soldiers.

Links:

The Houston Chronicle: Cheney’s ‘dunking’ remark revives torture controversy

The Chicago Tribune: White House: VP didn’t back waterboarding

From the blogosphere:

Mother Jones: White House Recants on Cheney Water Boarding Confession

Pacific Views: Cheney Is Coy About Torture

Whymrhymer’s fresh perspectives on the news, as published at BNN, also appear at The View from the Center. You are always welcome there!

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