MSNBC Host Ron Reagan: Dick Cheney Is a 'War Criminal'
According to Hardball guest host Ron Reagan, former Vice President Dick Cheney is a "war criminal" for endorsing waterboarding. On Thursday, the son of the former President attacked, "But the fact of the matter is...[Cheney's] a war criminal. Torture is a crime and this is a guy who can't travel to Europe anymore for fear of being- ending up in the Hague."
Reagan was commenting on a new interview Cheney has given to NBC in which he reiterates support for waterboarding. The liberal anchor discussed the subject with Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune. Reagan reiterated, "...Any neutral reading of, say, the U.N. Convention Against Torture makes it pretty clear that if you support waterboarding and you enact that sort of a policy, you're guilty of a war crime."
Page seemed to agree: "I think in real life [Cheney] probably is avoiding trips to Europe, I imagine, like Henry Kissinger and others on the lam from that branch of international justice, if you will." Page added that the ex-VP "probably" hasn't got much to fear, in terms of criminal prosecution.
Reagan also called Cheney a war criminal on CNN in January of 2011.
Reagan has guest-hosted for the very liberal Chris Matthews three times this week. On Wednesday, he derided presidential candidate Rick Santorum as a "lonely, homophobic voice shrieking in the wilderness."
[Thanks to MRC intern Alex Fitzsimmons for the video.]
— Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.