Feith: Only “Assholes” Fret about Torture

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It won’t surprise anyone that the least sympathetic portrayal in Phillipe Sands’ Vanity Fair piece is of former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith.

Not only did Feith play a major hand in promoting the myth of Iraq’s ties to Al Qaeda before the invasion of Iraq, but he also played a major role in developing the interrogation policy for Guantanamo Bay.

Feith boasted to Sands that back in 2002, he “was really a player” in ensuring that Gitmo detainees would not receive Geneva protections. But when Sands asked him “whether, in the end, he was at all concerned that the Geneva decision might have diminished America’s moral authority,” Feith got nasty:

He was not. “The problem with moral authority,” he said, was “people who should know better, like yourself, siding with the assholes, to put it crudely.”