In the context of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, there's a lot of sympathy being expressed for U.S. officials who had to figure out how to respond to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Senator Feinstein is understanding toward the CIA, though she blasts them later.
The President empathizes with his predecessors:
To which I call only say a loud BULLSHIT!
In the terrible aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, responsible leadership would have told the nation that, although we'd suffered a terrible wrong and thousands had died in the terrorist attacks, this was the time to display our best values. We were still strong; a made-for-TV movie should not be enough to budge us off our center. We had the protection of two oceans, a tough people, and the wealth that would enable us to seek justice, not revenge. In conjunction with our friends around the world, we would go to any lengths to capture the perpetrators of the crime and then give them what they didn't give the victims of their hatred: a trial and a just sentence.
But no. The leaders of this country, most especially a callow Bush and the vicious Dick Cheney, saw only the opportunity to pursue imperial dreams -- including using our unequalled military force to overrun, occupy and remake countries that had nothing to do with 9/11. And so we have come this place in which the ordinarily CIA-friendly Diane Feinstein takes to the Senate floor to denounce torture.
This is and has always been simply sickening.
Nobody does outrage better than Andrew Sullivan (now that he's recovered from Bush-enabling) so I'll outsource the rest to him. Emphasis is mine.