Dick Cheney. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Look, Dick Cheney’s Back. And Republicans Want To Hide.

The tone of that interview is striking because Mr. Cheney appears to enjoy the opportunity to unequivocally defend his record and the CIA program. While perhaps this a commendable display of consistency and doggedness, it is not the message even defenders of Bush era torture want right now. It would have been much more helpful for a member of the Bush administration to take a line stressing that things were different in those years immediately following 9/11, that nobody was happy about these programs, and that mistakes are sometimes made, but that kind of contrition, or even nuance with regards to the Bush administration, was never Mr. Cheney’s forte.

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