Jon Stewart Tears Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld Apart Over Torture (Video)

jon-stewart-dick-cheneyWhen the topic of torture is brought up it always brings out a fairly heated debate.  I’ll fully admit that I’m not someone most far-left liberals would call “liberal” when it comes to topics like NSA surveillance or when we should go to war.  For example, most of the stuff I’ve heard about the NSA I already assumed was happening (and it doesn’t really bother me all that much) and I staunchly opposed the war in Iraq though I supported the war in Afghanistan.

But that topic is for a whole other article.

As far as “torture” goes, for the most part I’m against it.  To me it’s hypocritical for us to portray ourselves as a country that stands for human rights while we’re torturing people.

And without a doubt two of the most well-known faces Americans think of when torture is mentioned are Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Well, Jon Stewart went off on both of these hypocrites and the way they’ve not only admitted to committing war crimes but the seemingly boastful way they go about discussing the topic when asked about it.

He went after Dick Cheney for downplaying torture.  Stewart referred to Cheney as the Wilford Brimley of torture, mocking Cheney by impersonating him in a Brimley-like character in an ad for torture saying it’s “the right thing to do.”

He then discussed the arrogant way in which Rumsfeld discussed torture during the documentary The Unknown Known, saying, “Look how f*cking proud he is of having put a lot of different words in between ‘Bush administration’ and ‘torture,’ while not, in any explicit way, changing the meaning of those words or refuting the charge.  But as long as you’re happy, I’m happy. And I assume that is happiness, and not his teeth trying desperately to escape his face.”

And he’s absolutely right.  The way in which these two discuss torture, they’re basically boastful about it.  Instead of being on trial for war crimes (along with Bush), as many people feel that they should be, they’re arrogant and cocky while openly discussing their actions.  It’s absolutely disgusting.

The entire Bush administration was an absolute embarrassment for this country.  Between their invasion of Iraq based on a lie, the way they admitted the authorization of torture and a whole host of other embarrassing events, we might never fully repair the damaged they caused.

See below for Stewart’s segment:

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  • Jim Bean

    If you are a good parent, you ‘torture’ you children in some fashion in order to discipline them. The term is subjective. You torture criminals when you put them in jail. You torture terrorists when you threaten them 24/7 with the prospect of a drone strike. Police torture suspects when they interrogate them for 12 hours straight. The Left tortures Sarah Palin with constant verbal abuse. The military tortured me in boot camp by making me hold an M1 at arms length and doing pushups until I no longer could. While I’m not an advocate of causing anyone discomfort, there is a time and place for everything. The constant assault by Islamic extremists was such a time.

    • r2d2ott

      Yeah, maybe you torture your children. Coming from a guy who’s username is Jim Bean, that’s probably the case.

      “OH YOU JUST WAIT TIL WE GET HOME SO I CAN YELL AT AND BEAT THE SH*T OUT OF YOU!” – Probably you to your now fucked up in the head kids, a million times.

      • Jim Bean

        I see you didn’t think real deeply about what I said, but did experience a knee jerk.

      • Starks

        THINK??? lol you trying to kid us? When can I come visit and learn how to torture KIDS??

      • Jim Bean

        You’re already doing it by spending your grandchildren into debt and poverty.

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    I’m constantly tortured by Paul Ryan threatening to take away my SS and Medicare that I faithfully paid into from 1966 until my retirement in 2008. Causing unnecessary anxiety to myself and millions of other senior citizens. But then again, once we no longer are capable of being productive, we become a burden to society. I think the proper description is “gerontocide”, that is, senior citizens genocide. And by the way, has anyone besides me noticed that all illustrations of evil bear “widow peaks”?. Any resemblance to Paul Ryan is purely coincidence.

  • Sandy Greer

    It takes a certain ‘type’ of person to be able to stomach it. Most of us find the idea both abhorrent, and repellant.

    It requires an Abuser:

    1) Who either enjoys inflicting pain (sadist)
    2) Or is coldly ‘detached’ from Empathy

    ^^^These are the reasons it should be discouraged. For, when the war is over – when whatever justification we use for Torture is done – these ‘people’ (these Abusers) will rejoin our society.

    And they will still be Sadists. Lacking in Empathy.

    • Veritas vos Liberabit

      I am dead serious about the comment I’m about to make about lack of feelings. It is a mental disorder. It originates in the center of the brain called the amygdala. An abnormal amygdala causes lack of empathy and in some instances reverses feelings that we consider to be normal, for example, it is normal to laugh about something funny, and cry about something sad. An abnormal amygdala may cause those two emotions to reverse. Whenever I look at Cheney’s photos or on tv, he appears to have a blunted flat affect, lacking in feelings and normal emotions. The poor bastard is sick, to no fault of his.

      • Sandy Greer

        Children torturing/abusing animals is a danger sign: A miniature psycho/sociopath in the making. Our laws prohibit us from abusing one another, and our children.

        ^^^We know what kind of society we want; know the ‘sort’ of behavior that is directly contrary to our goals.

        But we justify heinous behavior that we don’t tolerate.

        God. Karma. Whatever we believe: It’s not right we ask people to ‘taint’ themselves with Ugliness. Not The Right thing, at all.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    Admittedly, Stewart is under a time crunch. But should have noted that the memos included memos from White House legal council and the AG who Rumsfield mentions was appointed by the White House. Kind of puts a different light on the matter that they looked to their own people to approve what they were doing.
    I also wish Stewart had included the video of Rumseld saying that he didn’t read the memos as they were all in legalese and he wouldn’t have understood them. I feel so much more secure knowing that the Sec of Defense arrested people for torture but didn’t even care enough to read the legal memos.

  • Sarah Johns

    YAY jon!! Tell it like it IS!! Maybe take on the TRAVESTY the U.S. Govt. STEALS Native Land for the Keystone Pipeline, & Apache Lands for Fracking & Mining! Evidently The TREATYS don’t mean ANYTHING, in SPITE of them being OFFICIAL & BINDING Agreements/ Official Documents between SOVEREIGN NATIONS!.