Add Dahlia Lithwick to the list of people lying about Dick Cheney’s CPAC speech. Compare:
How can anything shock the conscience after the vice president, in a parody of himself, crowed this week that “it’s a good thing” top al-Qaida leaders underwent torture in 2002 and 2003—”a good thing we had them in custody” and “a good thing we found out what they knew.”
[Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] and others were questioned at a time when another attack on this country was believed to be imminent. It’s a good thing we had them in custody, and it’s a good thing we found out what they knew. . . . We do not torture — it’s against our laws and against our values.
Tim Rutten has company in his lying. And yes, I’ll say it again: it’s a lie. There’s a difference between saying “Cheney defended actions that have always been considered torture” and “Cheney said torture is a good thing” or “Cheney said he is glad we have tortured people.” By claiming the latter, Lithwick and Rutten are torturing the English language far worse than the CIA ever tortured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
As Beldar said:
[S]ome substantial number of Rutten’s readers aren’t “clever” enough to guess that Rutten feels licensed, in an op-ed, to put words into a political foe’s mouth that are quite literally the opposite of the words the foe actually used. Rutten knew, or certainly should have known, that some readers would take him literally. The LAT’s editors knew, or certainly should have known, that some readers would take him literally.
The same observation applies equally to Lithwick and her editors.
What I find especially ironic is that liberals like Rutten and Lithwick always argue that our enemies are emboldened by the actions of our government. Yet they never seem to understand that our enemies are also emboldened by exaggerated and dishonest criticism of our government.
Dahlia. Tim. Do you have any doubt that your dishonest smears of Cheney will be repeated on terrorist message boards? Do you doubt that extremists will point to your words as proof that the Vice President of the United States has explicitly condoned torture by name?
After all, it must be true. The people who said it are Americans.
Are you proud of yourselves?
The thing is, I bet you are. I just bet you are.