Former Vice President Dick Cheney is determined to salvage his own political legacy by continuing the argument over torture, or what he prefers to call enhanced interrogation techniques.
It has now evolved into a verbal, televised mano-a-mano with his successor, Vice President Joe Biden.
The two squared off on this and other national security issues at the safe distance of different network studios last Sunday.
The Obama-Biden administration erred in the interrogation of the so-called Detroit underwear bomber, Cheney said, by reading him his Miranda rights before thoroughly pumping him for what he knew about al-Qaida in Yemen, from whence he had come.
Terrorist suspects should not be arrested and treated as mere criminals, Cheney said, but as war combatants not deserving of or qualified for constitutional protections or trials in the federal judicial system.