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Lanny Davis: Indict Cheney
Newsmax ^ | May 17, 2009 | Lanny Davis

Posted on 05/18/2009 5:04:09 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey

I have written many times in this space that I oppose any criminal prosecution of prior-administration officials on torture or other issues relating to the Iraq War and the war on terrorism, especially those CIA interrogators who relied in good faith on the instructions of policymakers and the legal opinions issued by Justice Department senior officials. I have agreed with President Obama on the need to look forward, not backward. But I have changed my mind about the need to indict former Vice President Dick Cheney for complicity in illegal torture. [Editor’s Note: Read Lanny J. Davis' columns in The Washington Times. Go here now.] 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?"

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amwayboystrikesagain; cheney; dickcheney; dopeydems; freespeech; lannydavis; torture
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Uh, yep...now that 0bama has effectively castrated the US intelligence service interrogation process, he SHOULD be blamed if the US is attacked, again.

Bring it, Lanny...


51 posted on 05/18/2009 6:02:09 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

An intimidation tactic by the LEFT. Cheney needs to continue to speak up.

I would love for them to try to indict Cheney. Talk about an uprising in the GOP.


52 posted on 05/18/2009 6:03:21 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: tgusa

Lanny Davis doesn’t even believe his own words but knows who butters his bread.


53 posted on 05/18/2009 6:05:01 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Funny, I don’t recall Lanny complaining about the uber-schmuck, Carter, appearing all over TV calling President Bush a liar and a terrorist. These twerps can’t handle the truth from straight talkers like Dick Cheney.


54 posted on 05/18/2009 6:07:46 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Always Right
There is not an ounce worth of difference between todays Socialist Democrats and the National Socialists of Germany.

Minor point of disagreement: the killings have not started (yet). Perhaps we need to be preemptive!

55 posted on 05/18/2009 6:08:48 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Do jerks become democrats or do democrats become jerks? Lanny is the model for the Rat jerk. Enough said about the sleaze for brains democratic prototype.


56 posted on 05/18/2009 6:11:58 AM PDT by madinmadtown (It is good to be right.)
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To: nathanbedford
Also, the US Constitution confer NO executive authority to the VP, except when serving as "Acting President." This never happened during GW Bush's tenure. So, as VP, Cheney never had the authority to authorize anything. How can he be culpable?

It seems the leftists are hell bent on getting their Stalinist show trials, one way or the other.

57 posted on 05/18/2009 6:17:27 AM PDT by matt1234
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To: nathanbedford
This, from the same man who once enlightened America about the malleability of words like "is", and did so in defense of a client whose weakening of our intelligence capabilities led directly to the events of 9/11.

I can certainly understand why Democrats would wish to avoid any discussion of their culpability for the atrocities committed against Americans. So, they blame those who first warned us of the threat and who then endeavored to avoid further such horrors by extracting intelligence from the terrorists who might commit them.

For Democrat operatives like Lanny Davis, no sphere of human life is uncolored by politics and so every motivation of their adversaries is instantly suspect. Moreover, many Democrats are no longer satisfied to merely dismiss or ridicule; policy differences must now be criminalized whenever possible. In this way, the rule of law is subordinated to the rule of lawyers, in pursuit not of justice but of partisan advantage.

58 posted on 05/18/2009 6:21:29 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

STFUL


59 posted on 05/18/2009 6:23:39 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Commie propaganda.


60 posted on 05/18/2009 6:27:40 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: JimRed
Minor point of disagreement: the killings have not started (yet). Perhaps we need to be preemptive!

Yeah, I suppose the other big difference will be the Socialist Democrats will just allow Jews to be massively killed instead of actually doing it themselves.

61 posted on 05/18/2009 6:34:47 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

OK, Lanny... Where’s your “indict Pelosi” piece given the fact that she has falsely accused the CIA of lying to a member of Congress, a criminal offense? And she was apparently also complicit in the torture of detainees... Hey, Lanny, you *sshole! Where’s your next article?


62 posted on 05/18/2009 6:42:35 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey
If Lanny Davis wants to play "Third World Dictatorship", we should call "Mexico Rules" on him and his side.

It'll give a new meaning to the phrase "former talking head"...

63 posted on 05/18/2009 6:50:12 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's lawn jockey doesn't speak Austrian)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Just goes to show you that liberal means you never have to stop whining.

The internal polling must show that Cheney is having an impact on the debate.


64 posted on 05/18/2009 6:54:08 AM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Lanny is a little twit.


65 posted on 05/18/2009 6:54:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: oldvike
It turns my stomach to see Hannity get all mushy and buddy buddy with the guy on his radio and television shows.

Make that two of us.

66 posted on 05/18/2009 6:57:48 AM PDT by Kitsunebi
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Bring It.

Cheney will smack their B#tch A##es.


67 posted on 05/18/2009 6:57:51 AM PDT by Kozak (e)
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To: andy58-in-nh
The minute they indict Cheney is the minute all conservatives and Republicans are in mortal danger.

I'll take it as the modern-day equivalent of the firing on Fort Sumter.

68 posted on 05/18/2009 6:58:02 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's lawn jockey doesn't speak Austrian)
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To: Katdaddy

Bring it on! I would love to see Cheney put people like Pelosi on the witness stand under oath. The show trial would be an eye-opener for the starry-eyed tree-huggers who elected Obama in the first place. I remember how much young people were disillusioned by the political class when the Pentagon Papers were released.


69 posted on 05/18/2009 6:59:40 AM PDT by pico della mirandola
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Lanny Davis isn’t just any flack, he’s the mouthpiece who defended president “depends on what the meaning of is is” who blatantly lied under oath.

And was accused of multiple rapes.

Ad nauseum. His vitriol for Cheney is rendered meaningless by his defense of Komrade Klinton.


70 posted on 05/18/2009 7:03:00 AM PDT by jimt
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

The former great Vice President Cheney getting to you Laney??? He’s speaking the truth. Wary are we??? Hmmm???


71 posted on 05/18/2009 7:07:09 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: G Larry

The Japanese used water boarding is the talking point of the left.

It has no basis in truth but that’s the beauty of their never ending litany of lies.

The mind numbed robots simply repeat over and over.


72 posted on 05/18/2009 7:07:37 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Proving once again that the dems are weak on national security.

Always were, always will be.

National defense is a dirty idea to the left. They want that money for prooogrraaaamms.


73 posted on 05/18/2009 7:12:05 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

All during the presidential campaign Obama said that Bush’s policies made us less safe. Now Cheney says the same thing about Obama’s policies and Davis says it’s reckless and irresponsible. Good grief!!


74 posted on 05/18/2009 7:22:59 AM PDT by snakechopper
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To: an amused spectator

I think it would be a ghastly mistake for the Democrats for so many reasons that it would be difficult to catalog them all. Briefly, though: it would rally and motivate Conservatives like nothing else; it would not merely distract attention from Obama moving his agenda through Congress, but would absolutely poison the already-strained relations in that body and make future retaliation likely; it would make Democrats appear weak to our foreign adversaries who would thus be emboldened to act against our interests; and it would further polarize the nation at a time of great financial distress which will likely worsen this summer.


75 posted on 05/18/2009 7:44:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Need to challenge the “Progressives” on the lie that it was illegal.


76 posted on 05/18/2009 8:03:01 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Ayers Lied, People Died. No Justice, No Peace.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Help me here, Lanny. Is Cheney guilty of “torture” or merely making your guy look weak in public?


77 posted on 05/18/2009 8:11:53 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Who is Lanny Davis.

C’mon everybody, lets get digital...leave analog behind.


78 posted on 05/18/2009 9:09:32 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Lapdog Lanny .. what a doof.

Will he be on with Sean tonight?


79 posted on 05/18/2009 9:11:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

He did not ask that for Clinton who was caught cold lying under oath.


80 posted on 05/18/2009 9:29:59 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: oldvike
Hannity get all mushy and buddy buddy with the guy on his radio and television shows.

Despite having a heart in the right place, Hannity is a desperately uneducated guy. He is apparently flattered when leftist scumbags like Dick Morris and Lanny Davis pretend to take him seriously.

81 posted on 05/18/2009 10:57:15 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Election of 2008: Given the choice between stupid and evil, the stupid chose evil.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Hey lanny, you bottom-feeder....talk is cheap.

Bring it!


82 posted on 05/18/2009 4:48:36 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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