Sunday, May 24, 2009

Broder on demagoguery:

David Broder, writing about the speeches given last week by Obama and Cheney, said that it was
... two men arguing vital issues without the kind of disguised demagoguery that cheapens too many campaigns.
Here are some of the things Cheney said in his speech:
  • [The New York Times] impressed the Pulitzer committee, but it damn sure didn't serve the interests of our country, or the safety of our people.
  • ... we hear from some quarters nothing but feigned outrage based on a false narrative.
  • ... few matters have inspired so much contrived indignation and phony moralizing as the interrogation methods ...
  • ... people who consistently distort the truth in this way are in no position to lecture anyone about "values."
  • ... to call this a program of torture is to libel the dedicated professionals who have saved American lives, and to cast terrorists and murderers as innocent victims.
  • ... to completely rule out enhanced interrogation methods in the future is unwise in the extreme. It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness ...
  • [There was an] overwrought reaction to enhanced interrogations ...
  • The administration has found that it's easy to receive applause in Europe for closing Guantanamo.
  • Here we have ruthless enemies of this country, stopped in their tracks by brave operatives in the service of America, and a major editorial page makes them sound like they were kidnap victims, picked up at random on their way to the movies.
  • ... seven and a half years without a repeat is not a record to be rebuked and scorned, much less criminalized.
  • For all that we've lost in this conflict, the United States has never lost its moral bearings.
Nope, no demagoguery there at all.


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