In 2006, George W Bush made the statement that the US absolutely does not engage in torture. The recent senate report showed the world otherwise, and now Dick Cheney, speaking to Fox News, has confirmed that not only did George Bush tell a bold-faced lie, but that he knew about the program in detail from its inception in 2002:
He was in fact an integral part of the program and he had to approve it. We did discuss the techniques. There was no effort on our part to keep him from that.
Bush hasn’t yet commented on the report or the fact that he’s a liar liar pants on fire.
According to the senate report, the CIA intentionally misled Congress about the value of the information obtained from such techniques as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, beatings, rectal feeding and dehydration.
The report has made the US the laughingstock of the international community, allowing such human rights gurus as China and Iran the opportunity to strike blows at the country that often criticizes them about their own human rights violations.
“We believe the US side should reflect upon itself, correct its ways and earnestly respect and abide by the rules of international conventions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Iran, known for hanging dissenters from cranes in public, got a dig in as well. Ayatollah Ali Khomeini declared the US a “symbol of tyranny against humanity” on Twitter.
Cheney did defend his actions in supporting torture by saying that the report was “full of crap” and that key people involved weren’t questioned by the committee.
That is true. George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were definitely not on the list.
President Obama, who ended the torture programs shortly after taking office, said:
No nation is perfect, but one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better.
That right there is change people can believe in.