Liz Cheney: Nancy Pelosi’s ‘spine doesn’t reach her brain’ if she’s not proud of torture

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:47 EDT
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Liz Cheney speaks to Fox News
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Fox News contributor and failed Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney on Tuesday defended her father by saying that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “spine doesn’t seem to reach her brain” because she wasn’t proud of so-called enhanced interrogation used by the Bush administration.

In a Sunday interview with CNN, Pelosi has accused former Vice President Dick Cheney of encouraging torture by setting “a tone and an attitude for the CIA.”

And when it came to news that the CIA had misled Congress on the effectiveness of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques, Pelosi speculated that the former vice president was “proud” of the misrepresentation.

Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, Dick Cheney’s daughter fired back at the California Democrat.

“Mrs. Pelosi is somebody who was briefed on the program. She forgot she was briefed on the program, later to admit it,” Liz Cheney remarked. ““When I heard those comments yesterday, I was reminded of something that Margaret Thatcher once said about one of her political opponents.”

“You know, Mrs. Pelosi’s problem is that her spine doesn’t seem to reach her brain.”

Liz Cheney also responded to Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who over the weekend had offered to waterboard Dick Cheney “hundreds” of times to prove to him that the interrogation technique was torture.

“The decision was made, it was absolutely the right decision, and certainly I hope that future presidents would make the decision again that you’ve got to waterboard somebody ,” Liz Cheney said. “Because it means that you’re going to get information to save lives and prevent attacks.”

She insisted that Democrats were willing to “let Americans die” instead of waterboarding terrorists to stop attacks.

“Somebody like Sen. King, somebody like Mrs. Pelosi, they’ve got to be willing to accept the consequences of their argument, which is to say, which attacks would you have let happen, which Americans would you have let die if you weren’t willing to undertake those interrogations?” Liz Cheney concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 8, 2014.

(h/t: Politico)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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