Conservative Hypocrisy is on Full Display Following Release of CIA Torture Report

Pentagon Holds Departure Ceremony For RumsfeldConservative hypocrisy is one of the most comical things I witness nearly every day in this “business” of political media. Republicans are the ones who call themselves the “party for fiscal responsibility,” yet haven’t had a president from their party balance the budget since Eisenhower in the 1950’s. They claim that they’re the “party for small government,” while trying to get marriage defined at the federal and state level and supporting laws that dictate to women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. These are also the same people who claim they’re “pro-life” while often bragging about their state’s usage of the death penalty.

They’re absolute hypocrites.

And this hypocrisy has been on full display following the release of the CIA’s “torture report” that detailed embarrassing behavior conducted by individuals who were representing this nation. Since the release of this report, most conservatives I’ve seen have done just about anything and everything they can to downplay it. Many have tried claiming that the release of this report is some ploy by Democrats to “bash George W. Bush” (like we need help doing that) or that it’s all a diversion tactic to distract people from the “real problems going on in this country.” But of course it is.

Hell, one Fox News pundit even tried to claim the release of this report was a direct effort by President Obama and Democrats to hurt our country’s level of “awesomeness” in the global community.

But can’t you just imagine what their reaction would be had most of this behavior occurred during Obama’s administration? And while he’s not completely innocent in all of this, the brunt of what went on happened while George W. Bush was president.

Just imagine if a report came out that showed President Obama was in office for five years before he learned of these CIA torture programs. While I understand that the CIA was doing just about everything they could to hide these programs from the president and Congress, that’s still a heck of lot of incompetence shown by the Bush administration.

Just the details alone from this report would be enough for conservatives to paint President Obama as a “lawless, unconstitutional dictator who authorized the CIA to act out in ways that are in stark contrast to what the United States stands for.” Hell, they already say he’s a lawless dictator just based on silly things like executive actions and laws that were actually passed by Congress such as the Affordable Care Act. Now just imagine if a scathing report came out that showed his administration not only didn’t know that these torture programs were going on until five years into his presidency (if you actually believe that), but that even after being made aware of the atrocities being committed by the CIA he defended their use – despite the fact that these reports indicate that most of this torture was highly ineffective in obtaining vital information.

The conservative media would be going nuts.

Yet because most of what this report details happened while George W. Bush was president, and Republicans controlled Congress, they’re trying to downplay this report as not being that big of a deal or some elaborate “ploy” by the Obama administration and Democrats to slander Bush or distract the American people.

It’s behavior like this that’s made it all but impossible for me to take Republicans seriously. They endlessly fear-monger about anything and everything President Obama does, painting him as some radical un-American power-hungry dictator, then have the gall to try to downplay a report that details not just horrific crimes against basic humanity, but possible war crimes as well, because those happened to occur during the Bush administration.

Their hypocrisy is so pathetic that it’s almost comical.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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