Lieberman: In Hindsight, A Complete Jackass
"Hindsight is always the clearest kind of sight, but nonetheless it’s important to look back…" So says Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), determined to weaselly apologize for torture and ignore the facts. Both Baumgartner and Ogrisseg are clearly saying that they dissented at the time.
"Intelligence gathered from detainees is critical for our safety." … but obviously we’re a nation of laws," Lieberman said. This is precisely the sort of equivocation-out-loud that gets people to kill the meddlesome priest. He’s fixated on the idea of "hindsight," which he repeats again and again. "Some people… acted in ways, I assume were well motivated, that, in hindsight, were wrong." On Fredman’s "if they die you’re doing it wrong" comment: "In hindsight, unacceptable." Top Navy lawyer Alberto Mora, who did whatever he could to stop the torture in 2002: "In hindsight, a hero."
Of course, had Lieberman — chairman of the Senate’s oversight committee! — actually investigated any of this at the time, it wouldn’t have to be learned "in hindsight." But he was busy pimping endless war, and that would have been inconvenient for him. Just imagine: if not for five Republican Supreme Court appointees in December 2000, Lieberman might very be be the 2008 Democratic nominee for president. In hindsight, what a disaster that would have been.