Face the Nation – Schieffer thinks waterboarding similar to chopping off heads

I’m not going to let this stand. Does the left really think that if they keep saying it over and over again it will be true? Bob Shieffer interviewed Vice President Dick Cheney on Face the Nation Sunday morning and tried – once again – to warp the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques into being the same as chopping off heads and gauging eyes out with a spoon.

“What do you say to those, Mr. Vice President, who say that when we employ these kinds of tactics, which are after all the tactics that the other side uses, that when we adopt their methods, that we’re weakening security, not enhancing security, because it sort of makes a mockery of what we tell the rest of the world?” asked Schieffer.

“Well, then you’d have to say that, in effect, we’re prepared to sacrifice American lives rather than run an intelligent interrogation program that would provide us the information we need to protect

I refuse to accept Shieffer’s premise that we have adopted their methods.

Cheney did a pretty good job during the interview. What’s interesting is the left’s annoyance that CBS and other media outlets are providing the vice president an opportunity to speak. It just drives them nuts. Their media is inviting Cheney to come and speak!

On top of that, they are claiming that Cheney is somehow breaking protocol by not just slithering away into retirement. Did they forget that the Clinton family started the trend?

Others writing… Power Line, Hot Air, and Gateway Pundit, who all noted the zing on Colin Powell.

For those interested, here’s the video from Face the Nation.

Update (Jim): I have the specific portion of the interview here. The question is key, but Cheney’s answer is classic.


2 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    "Does the left really think that if they keep saying it over and over again it will be true?"

    Well, it worked for "hope and change," "the most ethical Congress in history," "Obama is intelligent," and "Bush is stupid."   Why not now?  Of course, it seems to work best on the liberal media addled brains of the average Democrat, but hey, they control the reins of government now. 

    Democrats think that treating Islamofascists like American citizens will rehabilitate them much the same as they believe that criminals actually get rehabbed in prisons.

    I wish, in their haste to build a risk free society, the liberal statists would consider that there are evil, recidivist individuals out there that insist on acting like animals and deserve to be treated as such.

    Or maybe that they give a fetus the same benefit of the doubt that they give terrorists and murderers…

  2. Eric
    Eric says:

    I used to think of Bob Shieffer as a pretty bright guy but I'm not so sure anymore. There seems to be a lot of naivete in his reasoning. He also likes to repeat half-truths, as if just saying so will make it somehow become true. I guess he's just like the rest of the network talking heads… left-minded and wearing blinders!

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