Isn't the torture debate over?

The president is speaking; the former vice president should listen.

By Caitlin Shamberg
Published May 21, 2009 7:35PM (EDT)

It’s unfortunate that President Obama is being pitted against the former vice president as if there’s a country-wide debate raging between them.

Earlier today, Dick Cheney in a televised speech tried to convince America that enhanced interrogation methods keep us safe and that our current President is leading us off course. But Obama spoke first and he spoke louder -- he is, after all, the one setting the nation's policy right now.

If you missed it, here's a bit from the two speeches, side by side:

Caitlin Shamberg

Caitlin Shamberg is a former multimedia editor at Salon.

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