Quotes of the day: torture in many ways

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 05:47 PM

Today is a bumper day for crap & nonsense from the many White House denizens.  A few days ago it was the difference between "goals," "strategy," and "tactics."  Today, it's torture....

Well, it's [dunking detainees in water] a no-brainer for me.  But for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president for torture. We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in.
Dick Cheney, responding to an interviewer's question "Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?"
Continuing the fun, [the White House  later "insisted Cheney was not talking about water boarding but would not explain what he meant."]

This country doesn't torture, we're not going to torture. We will interrogate people we pick up off the battlefield to determine whether or not they've got information that will be helpful to protect the country.
George Bush, today at a White House photo op with the NATO Secretary-General.

You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will.  You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on.
Tony Snow, at today's press briefing
[Continuing the fun, Snow responded to a request that he define a "dunk in the water," responded, "It's a dunk in the water."

Completing the merriment, readers should know that the brand spanking new Army interrogation manual explicitly bars water boarding, among many other procedures.