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Dick Cheney’s ‘Rare Nod’ to Nuance?



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Washington Post White House reporter Scott Wilson reported the Biden vs. Cheney Sunday-news-show battle on the front page Monday. Paragraphs two and three were interesting in how Wilson portrayed Cheney as rarely embracing nuance:

Little of the recent debate between President Obama and congressional Republicans has risen beyond partisan talking points. But Cheney acknowledged Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Obama is wrestling with the same questions the Bush administration faced over how to detain and try terrorist suspects, and in what venues.

Although he criticized Obama’s decisions to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; prohibit torture in interrogation; and try high-profile terrorist suspects in civilian court, Cheney also characterized such decisions as “hard” and “tough,” in a rare nod to the shades of gray that color the fight against Islamist extremism.

Couldn’t any moderate or independent suggest to Scott Wilson that perhaps Barack Obama the candidate and his running mate made only ”rare nods to the shades of gray” as they campaigned for the closure of Guantanamo?



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