One of the weirdest moments in Vice President Cheney’s speech was when he claimed that “President Obama has reserved unto himself the right to order the use of enhanced interrogation should he deem it appropriate.” We talked to various sources and no one even seemed to know what he was talking about since Obama and his CIA have explicitly ruled out the use of Cheney-era torture techniques.
As near as we can tell, Cheney bases this on an extremely flimsy statement made not by President Obama but by Sen. Kid Bond (R-MO).
It’s always sort of an inherent difficult proposition to try to find the evidence that Cheney bases one of his claims on. But Zack Roth is doing his best over at TPMmuckraker in this post and this one.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.