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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Torture case closed.

The CIA inspector general in 2004 found that there was no conclusive proof that waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques helped the Bush administration thwart any "specific imminent attacks," according to recently declassified Justice Department memos.

That undercuts assertions by former vice president Dick Cheney and other former Bush administration officials....


  • While this makes the Bush Administration look bad, there is yet another shoe to drop. It's obvious that key Congressional leaders in both Parties were informed of this. Not only did they fail to do anything about it, they went and passed the Military Commissions Act that essentially sanctified it.

    Reid and Pelosi are just not up to the job. The media will highlight Democratic assent with the interrogation programme and make it appear as if Democrats were the ones pushing for it. Obama will thus be forced to abandon any real public investigations in order to spare his weak-kneed Party further shame.

    Hopefully this will permanently discredit the DLC and it's lame strategy of staying an inch or two to the Left of the GOP to "maintain credibility with the public". It will end up costing the Democrats more credibility than it will the Republicans, because the GOP still believes in torture and the Democrats ostensibly don't.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 10:26 AM  

  • I get your point, but I sorta disagree with the outcome.

    The Dem brand (at least in the past where Reid and that version of PElosi live) are branded as weak, not corrupt or cruel.

    It is Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the Bush white house who are branded as cruel.

    The Dems can't be both weak and railroaded as well as top line responsible for torture. That weak/strong dichotomy won't work.

    So, Dems will take a lot of criticism for playing along, but I think the hottest criticism will go against the Bush figures.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:57 PM  

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