Here are links to their remarks, apologies if this was posted elsewhere. Remarks of President Obama on Guantanamo Bay - Boston.com Full text of Dick Cheney's speech - The Boston Globe I have to say I thought Cheney did a nice job in his speech (I know, I know...). Here was one part amidst all the waterboarding hysteria that I don't think gets enough play: "This might explain why President Obama has reserved unto himself the right to order the use of enhanced interrogation should he deem it appropriate...Yet having reserved for himself the authority to order enhanced interrogation after an emergency, you would think that President Obama would be less disdainful of what his predecessor authorized after 9/11. It's almost gone unnoticed that the president has retained the power to order the same methods in the same circumstances." Also liked his mention of Obama being selectively transparent when it suits his political needs, but closing up shop when the information damages his case. I haven't had a chance to do more than skim the Obama speech yet, I'll reserve comment until I have time to give it a more thorough reading. Anyone else hear/read these? Any thoughts on the balance between ends and means? On the morality of weighing abuse of a few against the possible death of many? It is to me a fascinating and difficult debate. I would say that as a conservative I am happy to see Cheney out there defending his actions and challenging the decision making of the Obama admin, something members of Congress really should be doing for themselves but seem afraid to do. Sad that nobody but an already reviled former VP with no political future is the only one to step to bat for policies that may have gone too far but also may have kept us safe from another AQ attack.