The twisting and turning on the left is just something remarkable to watch. The Obama administration says it will go after former Bush officials who signed off on waterboarding. Former Vice President Cheney hits the airwaves and asks America … OK then, what would you do if you were faced with a terrorist who has information of a plot to kill Americans? The left howls but the message resonates. Then, CIA memos reveal that Nancy Pelosi did indeed know that waterboarding was underway and she did nothing and now the left is left twisting not knowing where to land. Are we for enhanced interrogation? Are we agin’ it?
Enter Chris Matthews … OK … it may not be legal but in the hands of an honest President … well then …. too much!
It really does always come down to the ticking time bomb theory, doesn’t it? Ed Morrissey I think has this nailed for sure.
Ah, the hilarity that Nancy Pelosi hath wrought. After issuing condemnations for the last several weeks of enhanced interrogation techniques as an absolute repudiation of America, now the Left has to figure out an attack on the Bush administration that lets Pelosi and fellow Democrats in Congress who knew and approved the techniques off the hook.
Out: Unconditional, absolute proscriptions against “torture”. In: Rogue Presidents who break the law at times of extreme duress, as long as they don’t try to parse the meaning of “torture” by actually building a legal defense. Because apparently the real crime now is not that Bush & Co “tortured” detainees, but that they asked for a legal definition before using the EITs.
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