Is Dick Cheney Feeling The Heat?
Bobby Ghosh writing for TIME asks, “What’s Behind Dick Cheney’s New Attacks?” It seemed as though it was about more than just protecting his legacy.
Several observers think Cheney may be starting to feel the heat from Democrats’ efforts to investigate the Bush Administration’s counterterrorism policies – policies Cheney himself advocated, and for which his proteges allegedly provided the legal basis. But if he was trying to deflect attention from Bush-era policies, Cheney’s aggression will likely have the opposite effect. “If his goal was to tamp down talk of a Truth Commission, he has probably exacerbated the problem,” a veteran Republican told TIME.
With Senator Patrick Leahy pushing for a Truth Commission, Senator Dianne Feinstein reviewingthe CIA’s detention and interrogation policies, and the recent release of memos by Cheney subordinates which showed the Bush era disregard for detainees, perhaps the former VP is feeling his glory days slipping away.
Eric Rosenbach, a former staff member on the Senate Intelligence Committee and national security adviser to Sen. Chuck Hagel, said there was little evidence to suggest that the interrogation of terrorism suspects under the Bush Administration had led to information that helped prevent attacks on U.S. soil. “At the Intelligence Committee, we tried to test these claims, but the evidence was very, very tenuous,” he said.Click here for reuse options!
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