Former Vice President Dick Cheney has a new memoir. Yawn! His latest defense of all things Cheney: “In My Time: a Personal and Political Memoir” is scheduled for release next week. Excerpts from the book can be found in a recent article in the New York Times.
In his latest attempt to defend his legacy Cheney portrays himself as an outlier among senior advisors whose vision and insight was always on point while those around him stumbled. Colin Powel, Condoleezza Rice and George Tenant are thrown under the bus as Cheney strives to demonstrate his intellectual superiority. Cheney staunchly defends the controversial decisions of the Bush administration including the use of enhanced interrogation techniques in interrogating high valued detainees; and he stunningly informs us that he was the one running the country in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Once a staunch believer in guarding the secrecy of internal deliberations within the White House; Cheney has no problem divulging a number of conflicts within the inner circle. His loyalty to President Bush and the Bush Administration does not preclude him from revealing intimate conversations within the Oval office.
This is just another sad attempt by Dick Cheney to defend his actions while working within the Bush White House. While others may focus on the more salacious aspects of the book we believe that there is only one revelation in this memoir that warrants attention…Cheney's continued defense of his decision to use enhanced interrogation techniques on high valued detainees.
Cheney’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques is in clear violation of the Geneva Accords. If you doubt our assertion Google the definition of water boarding; then Google the definition of torture in the Geneva Accords. They are one in the same. Cheney’s adamant defense of those tactics is evidence of his over inflated sense of self. His lack of remorse is evidence of his lack of character and moral standing.
Dick Cheney is guilty of war crimes. That is his legacy.