"My sort of overwhelming view is that the enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives and preventing further attacks against the
, and giving us the intelligence we needed to go find Al Qaeda, to find their camps, to find out how they were being financed." United States
~ Dick Cheney on Foxnews Sunday yesterday.
The problem, among many of course, is that nobody believes Cheney, except the wingnuts, anymore. Thus by extension trust in the government in this program has been eroded. It may be the case that Cheney tortured vital lifesaving information out of someone that was unavailable by other means. It is dubious but possible. Irregardless, Cheney is simply not credible anymore. The fault is entirely his own.
Think about it this way. If Cheney is right and torture can be morally justified, explained anyway in Orwellian terms, or the harmful affects, whether physical, emotional, or psychological, managed by technocratic means, there is no trust to continue the torture regime. The Bush Administration, in the end, eventually disaffirmed torture after all. But if Cheney is right that torture is crucial, it would be ironic that one of the reasons for its demise is the dishonesty of Cheney. If he is right and only torture can save lives in some situations, then any lives lost will thus be lost due to Cheney’s pervasive deceit during the 8 long years of the Disaster that was known as the Bush Administration.