Cheney touches a nerve at the White House
Well there he goes again. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has got ’em all riled up again at the Obama White House over his Fox News Sunday interview.
Cheney feels strongly that the tough interrogation techniques employed against terrorism suspects by the Bush administration worked, in spite of the complaints about human rights.
He went on Fox to sharply criticize Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to launch an investigation into the alleged abuse of prisoners held by the CIA during the Bush administration.
Cheney cried foul at what he called an “intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration.”
So it came up at Monday’s White House news briefing, and Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs was armed with a response.
“This is the same song and dance we’ve heard since literally the first day of our administration. So I don’t have … a lot to say. I think the vice president, if you watched some of his interview, was clearly — clearly had his facts on a number of things wrong,” Gibbs said.
Like what, for instance?
“I would add this — I’m not entirely sure that Dick Cheney’s predictions on foreign policy have borne a whole lot of fruit over the last eight years in a way that have been either positive or, to the best of my recollection, very correct,” Gibbs said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts (Cheney speaking about national security at AEI in May), Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Gibbs making a point in February)