I opposed those techniques, but we still do not have the complete record of the information that came from KSM et al. — though National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has since said “high value” information came out of it — and by now we have forgotten the sense of impending attack and mayhem that followed after 9/11.It was the 00's, man -- everyone was doing anti-terror, and experimenting with torture.
From Hanson's list of Cheney's admirable qualities, this is my favorite:
...he retains a natural comfort with the middle classes that comes from his own upbringing in Wyoming.Though its association here with the monstrous Cheney adds some piquancy, the general notion that someone should be applauded for "comfort with the middle classes" is depressingly common. I'm generally more impressed by how someone relates to poor folks. I supposed that's just my Christian upbringing, which I understand is now referred to as socialism.
Finally, the punchline:
He had a lot of Democratic friends — remember how little acrimony he showed with Lieberman in the 2000 debate...Now, really, how can you top that?