In an interview with Rush Limbaugh, he falsely insisted the Bush administration didn't do anything to its prisoners that hadn't been done to train U.S. forces
Interviewed on Rush Limbaugh's show to promote his memoir, Dick Cheney was party to the following exchange:
CHENEY: In fact, the techniques we used were techniques that we used with our own people in training. There wasn't anything there --
RUSH: I'm just gonna mention that.
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY: -- our own forces.
RUSH: Everything you used is part of training for our own troops, including waterboarding, correct?
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY: Correct.
See, folks? Nothing to see here. How could waterboarding be torture? We do it to our own troops! It's typical Cheney: misleading the public in the most self-serving, manipulative way, all in service of making the forced, simulated drowning of incapacitated prisoners seem perfectly anodyne.
There are a few things to keep in mind here. One is that a small number of American troops are waterboarded so that they can be prepared if they are captured and tortured by an enemy government! In a 2009 essay in Virginia Quarterly Review, David Morris describes his experience in SERE training. The whole account is riveting, but two passages stand out in my mind.