Why release the "no torture" memos?
Isn't it amazing how different the same set of facts can seem based on how it's presented? Consider two articles discussing the 4 memos released by the Obama administration yesterday about CIA interrogation techniques, the use of which led the left to accuse the Bush Administration of employing torture. [All 4 memos are available in one 124-page PDF file by clicking HERE.] In a Wall Street Journal article entitled "The Memos Prove We Didn't Torture", David Rivkin and Lee Casey argue that the aggressive interrogation techniques which sent "human rights" organizations into such a tizzy in the past couple of years were sparingly used and essentially harmless to those who were interrogated. In the UK Times, a reporter analyzes the same memos to reach a conclusion that America was indeed a nation of evil-doers -- so much so that Barack Obama "was reluctant to release" the documents. Personally, I find the former article far more believable. The Bush Administration knew that it was in America's interest for the bad guys to believe that they might be tortured, or at least treated very roughly, if they were caught operating against the United States. The liberals' argument that if al Qaeda knows that we won't torture them, then they'll treat Western captives better is simply laughable. So, although the Bush Administration could have adequately defended itself, they instead stayed silent, letting the media tar and feather them, in order to protect our nation by trying to discourage participation in groups which want to attack the US or our people or facilities abroad. Now, over the objections of four previous CIA chiefs, the Obama Administration has released these memos which not only say that we don't really torture, but also disclose how we fool prisoners into thinking that they might be in for some unenjoyable moments if they don't cooperate. What do you think the reactions are to this information around the world? In the halls of power in Europe, it's probably a combination of a soft liberal happiness that nobody really got hurt and a smug self-satisfaction that Europeans must be as good as Americans in intelligence tactics because they've forced us to be as "civilized" as they are. In the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and in other places where people are scheming against us, the reaction is probably "What utter weaklings. They've shown yet again that they are unfit to be anything but our slaves...or dead. Now it will be that much easier to recruit jihadists to attack the Great Satan because we can tell them just what to expect from those gutless westerners." The Obama Administration's desire to be liked rather than respected or feared continues to prove a grave threat to our national security. Lame excuses that they would have had to release the documents anyway are simply cover for what anti-American administration officials wanted to do all along.
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