Patt Morrison for May 22, 2009

Spinning the Obama v. Cheney Face–Off: The Risks & Rewards of Torture Politics

It's not like the debate over torture and Guantanamo Bay is anything new - we've been having it for at least seven years. But the circumstances in Washington D.C. yesterday were surely unprecedented: a sitting president speaking broadly on his national security policy while a former vice president spoke just across town defending his administration's unpopular decisions. That was the setup for Obama vs. Cheney, and both Republicans and Democrats run big risks and potential rewards in pursuing the politics of torture. Should the GOP hitch its wagons to the unapologetic Cheney and should Democrats be wary of the "soft on terrorism" charge?

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