That’s Right Nate

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Torture Report Proves Dick Cheney was Right

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Let’s face it, the war on terror has been Hell.   We’ve had to get pretty rough in our interrogations and as a result we’ve broken international laws and we’ve done some of the very same things that we have tried others for after wars in the past.   When the Japanese water boarded our brave soldiers in World War II we were outraged.  It’s now difficult to claim the moral high ground when we condemn torture inflicted by other countries.  For those of you who have never done it before, I can tell you the moral high ground is extremely overrated.  Yeah,  we tortured some terrorists and yes some of the people at Gitmo weren’t even terrorists just anti-US or available for an Afghan warlord who wanted to collect a bounty.

Still, one must remember what the world was like in the days, weeks, and well years after the attacks on the World Trade Center that we had know way to know was a terrorist target.   Dick Cheney told us back in April that there were 2 memos that the Obama administration was covering up that would show that the Bush torture doctrine may have cost us our international reputation and created a new generation of terrorists, but it saved lives.

It is very clear from the reports that Dick Cheney was right.   While much of the useful information was gained from conventional methods, from torture we learned some very important pieces of information:

  1. al-qaeda is made up of Muslims who wish to strike at the United States.
  2. What traits al-qaeda was looking for in Western operatives.
  3. That KSM had been in jail in the United States for not paying his bills before 9/11, which was part of the reason he so hated the US.
  4. That many detainees dislike water boarding.

To me, a little moral high ground and national reputation is a very small price to pay for quality information like the above that could potentially disrupt an attack on American interests, possibly on American soil.    I know, we were able to defeat the Soviets and the Nazis without resorting to this kind of tactic, but al-qaeda are fanatics.  Times have changed.   Unfortunately, the CIA remains technologically backwards.  They continue to use dark highlighters that appear solid black when run through their cheap copy machines.  This makes it very difficult to tell what they’re talking about sometimes.  In the end though, it remains clear we would not have won the war on terror without people like Dick Cheney who were willing to take risks.

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Written by thatsrightnate

August 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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    Efrain Sproule

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