Following the successful mission to find bin Laden, Richard “The Dick” Cheney was quick to claim part of the credit by saying that the mission justified our torture (aka enhanced interrogation) of political prisoners.
It has been 10 years since the Bush/Cheney administration failed to take heed of warnings that Al Qaeda was planning an attack on U.S. soil, possibly with the hijacking of American passenger planes. It has been at least 9 years since Bush/Cheney ordered the torture of captives in violation of the Geneva Conventions. And more than 2 years since Cheney crawled back under his cloak of oil-stained money.
But it was Bush and Cheney who deserve credit for finding bin Laden?!!
That makes about as much sense as seeing our college students party following bin Laden’s death. Celebrate, yes, but party? Complete with chants of “USA, USA” and renditions of the “Na, Na, Goodbye” song? It’s as if they equated the killing of an individual (no matter how evil) to the winning of a championship basketball game. And it’s hardly an image of our nation that will help us around the world. Better to reflect on the past and to pay tribute to those who died as a result of Bin Laden’s actions. To consider how we can promote democracy and freedom around the world without the threat of war. And to stop future terrorists before they strike without further compromising our own freedoms and resorting to measures such as torture.
Given Bush/Cheney’s actions and the fact that we’ve been at constant war for 10 years, that could take a good, long while.