Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, Liz Cheney, blasted Democrats for their unnecessary criticism of interrogation methods used on terrorists.
Appearing on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, Cheney called out Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for speaking out against the enhanced interrogation program, which her father implemented. Pelosi appeared on CNN’s State of the Union program Sunday and accused the former Vice President of setting a certain attitude in the CIA. She also critiqued the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Her rebuke comes days after Cheney appeared at an event at American University in Washington, D.C. and admitted that he had no regrets or qualms over interrogation methods employed the CIA during the Bush administration.
Cheney defended her father against Pelosi’s harsh words, telling Fox and Friends that the program “saved lives and prevented attacks after 9-11.”
Cheney also took issue with Sen. Angus King’s (I., Maine) suggestion that the former Vice President should be subjected to waterboarding. King said that one of the detainees questioned endured waterboarding 100 plus times. “Senator King is just wrong,” Cheney said. She explained that the detainee waterboarded 100 plus times was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed who the CIA thought had “perishable information about imminent attacks on the United States of America.
She defended the waterboarding practice, saying “If the choice is you’ve got to waterboard someone like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was responsible for the deaths of 3,000 Americans, you’ve got to do that in order to prevent further deaths and further attacks, which by the way, we know it did, or you’re going to let Americans die. And somebody like Senator 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 or which Americans would you have let die?”