If you are wondering what Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are going to be spending the week talking about now that the Kennedy memorial is over, get over to Foxnews.com and watch formerÂ Vice President Dick Cheneyâ€™s blockbuster interview with Chris Wallace.
In an extraordinarily blunt, straightforwardâ€”and wittyâ€”interview, the former Vice President gives his unvarnished, no-holds-barred opinion on the revelation this week that Attorney General Eric Holder was beginning a criminal probe of CIA interrogators, and the implications it has for national security.
While Cheney is composed and relaxed throughout, there is little doubt that his outrage at this development makes him feel free to speak his mind on a wide range of subjects.
Here are some of the excerpts made available in an article posted by Bill Sammon on the site.
On the investigation of CIA interrogators:
“It’s an outrageous political act that will do great damage, long-term, to our capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs, make difficult decisions, without having to worry about what the next administration is going to say.”
On the new interrogation unit supposedly run out of the White Houseâ€¦ no, the FBIâ€¦ no, the Justice Department?
“It’s not even clear who’s responsible.Â The Justice Department is, then they claim they aren’t. The FBI is responsible, and they claim they aren’t. It’s some kind of interagency process by which they’re going to be responsible for interrogating high-value detainees.
“If we had tried to do that back in the aftermath of 9/11, when we captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, we’d have gotten no place.â€
“They’re going to have to have meetings and decide who gets to ask what question and who’s going to Mirandize the witness. Â I think it’s silly. It makes no sense. It doesn’t appear to be a serious move in terms of being able to deal with the nation’s security.”
On the reversal about â€œlooking forward, not backwardâ€ when it comes to the CIA.
“We had the president of the United States, President Obama, tell us a few months ago there wouldn’t be any investigation like this, that there would not be any look back at CIA personnel who were carrying out the policies of the prior administration.Â Now they get a little heat from the left wing of the Democratic Party, and they’re reversing course on that.”
“In the intelligence arena, we ask those people to do some very difficult things, sometimes, that put their own lives at risk.Â They do so at the direction of the president. In this case, we had specific legal authority from the Justice Department. And if they are now going to be subject to being investigated and prosecuted by the next administration, nobody’s going to sign up for those kinds of missions.
“It’s a very, very devastating, I think, effect that it has on morale inside the intelligence community.”
On the effectiveness and necessity of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques:
“The enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives and preventing further attacks against the United States, and giving us the intelligence we needed to go find Al Qaeda, to find their camps, to find out how they were being financed.”
Cheney also wryly debunks rumors about his upcoming biography and his role in the CIA reports that have been breathlessly repeated in the media of late.
Thanks to the Vice President, it wonâ€™t be tough for NewsReal writers to find outrageous quotes from the MSNBC lefties this week.Â â€œTalk about,â€ does not begin to cover the hysterical reaction we will undoubtedly see from the MSNBC crew.
Chris Matthewsâ€™s Cheney obsession has become a running joke, I just hope he doesnâ€™t stroke out this week.
Maybe even Rachel Maddow will quit doing her smug and smarmy Ron Reagan Jr. impression and raise her voice.
It remains to be seen just how hysterical things will become; but it will definitely be an interesting week on NewsReal.
(I wonder if anyone is printing Cheney bumperstickers yetâ€¦?)