May 21: In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann marvels at former Vice President Dick Cheney's defense of the Bush administration torture practices while avoiding taking any responsibility for them.
Keith Olbermann MSNBC Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still. Today, Mr. President, in acknowledging these science-fiction-like documents, you said that:
"This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke."
"We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history.
"But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.
Finally tonight as promised, a Special Comment about the
President-Elect, the soon-to-be President-Emeritus, torture, and its
prosecution. We have tortured people. You and I. This is the people's democracy, we are the
people, these are our elected officials. That they did not come to us
and ask to act thusly in our names is unfortunate, indeed criminal, but
it is also almost irrelevant. They work for us, they tortured people,
and so, we have tortured people.
and I know we have tortured Khalid Sheikh-Mohammed. We not only know
about it; we have now heard it boasted about by one of the men who as
of tomorrow will no longer work for us: George Walker Bush.
techniques were necessary and are necessary to be used on a rare
occasion to get information necessary to protect the American people,"
Mr. Bush said to Fox News on January 11th. "One such person who gave us information was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.