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More from Cheney’s fantasy world

Dick Cheney on torture.


Cheney still maintains it didn’t happen. But in fact, Japanese soldiers were tried after World War II for waterboarding American troops. And during the Vietnam War, an American soldier was court-martialed for participating in water torture of a prisoner.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at Twitter: @tomricks1