Lanny Davis: Indict Cheney
Former White House legal counsel Lanny Davis has reversed his position about whether to go after the former vice president. Lanny is no angry liberal looking for revenge. He is a fair, reasonable man who more often that not favors outreach over confrontation. He has consistently said we should look forward, not back, and refrain from going after former officials. But not anymore.
His insistence on putting himself on multiple TV programs and conservative radio talk shows, not only defending torture but offering the defense that it worked, has changed my mind. Not only that – he went on to attack Mr. Obama as weakening the United States in the war on terrorism because Mr. Obama immediately announced that torture would no longer be allowed.
Dem’s fighting words. They are also, in my view, reckless and irresponsible. They seem to be laying down a marker that in case, God forbid, there is a terrorist attack, Mr. Cheney can be the first to blame it on Mr. Obama’s policies and say, “I told you so.”
Even more, they seem to be an in-your-face dare by Mr. Cheney to the U.S. criminal justice system: “I am Dick Cheney, I approved violations of the law in the name of the war on terror, and what are you going to do about it?”
So Lanny now says lets take him up on it, and indict him on the 1994 federal law against torture. If Mr. Cheney wants to parade himself like a peacock on various conservative shows (I’m still waiting for an acceptance of my request for an interview), let him speak to a grand jury under oath. That would be sweet.Click here for reuse options!
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