May 27, 2009

Cheney Made Us Less Safe

On the subject of torture, former CIA terrorism expert Michael Scheuer obviously disagrees with President Obama. He also disagrees with me.

But he also disagrees with both Obama and Dick Cheney, when it comes to the bigger picture. In the same defense of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the Washington Post, Scheuer began his column, writing:

“George W. Bush’s democracy-spreading philosophy yielded the invasion of Iraq and set the United States at war with much of the Muslim world. Bush’s worldview thereby produced an enemy that quickly outpaced the limited but proven threat-containing capacities of the major U.S. counterterrorism programs – rendition, interrogation and unmanned aerial vehicle attacks.”

Scheuer’s argument is that he believes torture sometimes on works on terrorists – most of whom became terrorists due directly to the invasion of Iraq and the “worldview” of men like Bush.

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