Dick Cheney's displeasure and Nancy Pelosi's discomfiture may have revived the idea of setting up a "truth commission" to look into the Bush-era counterterrorism policies, but President Obama still wants no part of it. According to David Axelrod, the President's senior adviser, Obama remains convinced that looking forward rather than back "is best for the country."
Plans for a truth commission, originally proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, had seemed doomed by Obama's initial thumb's down. But they gained some traction in recent weeks, thanks to fresh controversies over the CIA's detention and interrogation policies under Bush.
Former Vice President Cheney has repeated claims that harsh interrogation of terror suspects helped save thousands of American lives. Speaker Pelosi has had to deny that she was informed about the CIA's use of water-boarding, and has accused the Agency of misleading Congress.