In the wake of months spent ridiculing those who want to see George W. Bush and Dick Cheney investigated for alleged crimes, including torture and preemptive war, Liz Cheney now decides it’s time for an investigation of Joe Sestak’s White House job offer. As Sam Stein notes:
There has been no bigger critic of the idea of launching an investigation into the Bush administration’s authorization of torture on terrorist suspects than Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The foreign policy analyst and cable news personality has scoffed at the idea that an independent counsel would spend time looking into the matter, arguing that it would be crippling to the intelligence community and a waste of time. After all, the harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush years worked, she says.
Considering how adamantly she’s argued this point, it would stand to reason that Cheney would set a high bar with respect to what scandals deserved an investigatory commission. And yet, there she was on Sunday morning, during an appearance on Fox News, demanding that an independent body look into the job offer the Obama White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) to get him out of the Pennsylvania Senate race:
“Look, I think there are some things that clearly rise to the level of needing independent investigation. And what you have had happen here, obviously is the White House put out a statement the Friday before Memorial Day announcing Bill Clinton was involved, which I’m sure was really not that reassuring to most Americans. There is not an impeccable record of integrity there on the part of the former president. Secondly, then you have Rahm Emanuel basically have his own lawyer, the White House counsel issue a statement saying ‘Hey, this is all fine, we’re good to go,’ with no analysis whatsoever. Clearly, you need somebody to come in and take a look at exactly what happened.”
Keep the hypocrisy coming, Liz. It’s as nasty and difficult to contain as the Deepwater-Horizon oil spill.