“The abuse of military officers has grown because they represent a real threat…”
“A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations.”
“No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”
“I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral – like a return to torture.”
“There are a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks in the terrorism business.”
“It’s a yes or no answer.”
“The timing of its release devalues this document.”
Following orders vs. ordering destruction of evidence
“Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended.”
Still claims it was all a big mistake
Just the sort of tool you want to hand to a tyrant
That didn’t work out very well, did it?
“I am going with our leaders and we are going to win with or without.”
Bad for the goose is bad for the gander
“This is going to affect him for probably the rest of his life.”
Democracy in Turkey has failed
“[It’s] not going to make the kind of a difference that a lot of people are thinking.”
“I’m not sure that the experts are going to recommend any form of torture.”
“They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me.”
Paper of record.
“It’s going to look a hell of a lot worse, a hell of a lot deadlier, a hell of a lot more random.”
“Now we’re being held out to dry.”
We are still at war.
Let’s do this
“Take appropriate force protection measures…”
“We tortured some folks,” but you’ll have to trust me.
“[E]ven among Democrats, only 34 percent said torture is never justified.”
“I’m working on it.”
“We didn’t ask you guys for nothing other than for you guys to be grateful.”
“Whoever that may be!”