The Pardu

The Pardu
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Soon To Be Released CIA Report And Cheney's Mouth

As Diane Feinstein's Senate Intelligence Committee voted to release an extensive review of CIA operations surrounding the Bush Wars, I felt the need to capture a few comments from Dick Cheney. Cheney has come out of hibernation as has Rumsfeld and Rice to speak disparagingly about a president who is diametrically opposite of the man and ideology they served with deep degrees of malfeasance and incompetence. Let's briefly visit with Cheney: A man who should have been tried for sanctioned torture as a war crime.



On Iraq

We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
Cheney on NBC's Meet the Press, March 16, 2003 

My belief is, we will, in fact be greeted as liberators.
Meet The Press with Tim Russert. [13] (March 16, 2003)

What we did in Iraq was exactly the right thing to do. If I had it to recommend all over again, I would recommend exactly the same course of action.
Vice Presidential Debate October 5, 2004

This is an existential conflict. It is the kind of conflict that's going to drive our policy and our government for the next 20 or 30 or 40 years. We have to prevail and we have to have the stomach for the fight long term.
On Fox News Sunday responding to the opposition against sending 21,500 more troops to Iraq (January 14, 2007)

On Democrats

Fuck yourself.

Said to Senator Patrick Leahy at a photo session on the Senate floor 22 June 2004; as reported by Helen Dewar and Dana Milbank, "Cheney Dismisses Critic With Obscenity", Washington Post, 25 June 2004

Huffington Post

Dick Cheney On Torture: 'If I Would Have To Do It All Over Again, I Would'

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney revealed he has no regrets about the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, telling a crowd at American University in Washington, D.C. he would "do it all over again." 
“If I would have to do it all over again, I would,” Cheney said, according to American's student newspaper The Eagle. “The results speak for themselves.”
Cheney denied that waterboarding -- an interrogation technique that simulates the experience of drowning as large quantities of water are poured over a person's nose and mouth -- is torture, and said accusations that he's a war criminal for using torture are "not true." 
“Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture,” Cheney told ATV, American University's television station.
Read more linked above

President-elect Obama committed a major and multi-faceted miscalculation even before his first term inauguration. Obama made the "noble" yet ill-fated decision to not pursue rightful investigation of the Bush Administration's handling of all matters "Iraq." The new president's disdain for correction and insulation against future US international missteps that included Executive Branch authorized torture would come back to haunt. Torture as a violation of international law! The very acts abuse and interrogation the US investigated, prosecuted and executed perpetrators in times past (particularly after WW II). 

Read more after the break

"All matters Iraq" is an area of latish concern; there are other areas that occupy the foul path of Bush/Cheney. A path that President Obama has not sufficiently administered via reversal of course  nor deep scrutiny. Yes, President Obama stopped the so-called "enhanced interrogation" and closed many "black (CIA) sites." 


With consideration of all the good from the nation's 44th president, he may have fallen victim to trusting the nation's intelligence and military complex to a degree that has proven detrimental to the nation and to his legacy. Actually, the impact to his legacy and factors detrimental to the nation occupy the same sphere:  trust of war monger generals and far too much faith in NSA and CIA leadership. I offer one obvious adduce of the point: Patraeus from command of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) to Director of the CIA. Another example was the continuation and enhancement via technologically advanced systems of the Bush/Cheney 2001-2007 communication monitoring program. Programs that have led to abuse of international and national cell systems, Internet and we can only imagine other forms of communication systems. 

A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee will prove to be a bit of a kerfuffle for the White House and the Second Term President Obama. In brief, and from personal surmising only, the report will shed new light on the quotes posted above from the incessantly mouthy Dick Cheney.

The Washington Post is reporting the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to make the long-awaited report public after a major review at the White House.  Diane Feinstein (D) CA. Intelligence Committee Chair the four year study and public release of findings is critical to move the Bush ERA CIA to its place in US History. A place that will not, I am certain, find archiving at the Bush Library . 
“The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking,” the committee’s chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), said in a statement Thursday. “The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen.”
MSNBC's Alex Wagner, NOW, broadcast segments related to the CIA report. I realize some of you may have already watched the two segments. I have linked both segments just in case you did not view them before now. Both segments are very relevant and point on.

Alex Wagner, NOW....

Devastating findings about CIA program  4.01.2014

White House faces tough decision with declassifying CIA report  4.03.2014

It will be a true shame if the report comes back from the White House redacted to the point of uselessness. If the Obama Team has nothing to hide from the report, Obama should release the report free of redaction unless the released information leads to verifiable nationals security threats.  If resident Obama has not grown at least askance about the CIA, I would be amazed.  He should avoid past inclinations to shield the Bush/Cheney Administration. If the tables were turned, the GOP would no more protect the reputation of the failed previous administration as it would become a proponent of Medicare and Medicaid. 

For those who might release in a bit of off-hand criticism of President Obama, I will restate: "Obama is the best thing to happen to the US since the mid to late 1990s."  And could rival the productivity of the Johnson Administration of the mid 1960s (minus the Viet Nam War).  Factually speaking, Had Jon McCain and Sarah Palin followed the Bush Administration in 2009, the nation probably would not have come back from an economic abyss thus ending in a second Great Depression. It is without question the US would have embarked on virtual and perpetual wars with as McCain indicated troops in Afghanistan for 100 years.

So, do not leave this piece with the impression The Pardu has gone sour on a great president who despite all obstruction has moved the nation down a path to recovery healing and progress.  I have simply restated a position stated in early 2009 as Obama moved into the presidency as I watched the nation move away from proper and warranted investigation of the Bush/Cheney war crimes.

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