Darth Speaks

CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress yesterday that “waterboarding is necessary although probably not legal”.  He confirmed that three “high value” prisoners had received this type of interrogation in 2002-2003 period.  He said it was no longer used because there were legal opinions that the technique did not comply with statutes.  Unbelievable that a four star general (Hayden) could say that waterboarding was ok unless otherwise outlawed.  So if Americans were held by another country, say Russia, Syria, or China for example, they should expect to be exposed to waterboarding if the circumstances warranted.

What has happened to common sense?  Or what about a sense of history.  Waterboarding was introduced by those wonderful worshipers of God in the Spanish Inquisition.  It is explicitely outlawed by the Geneva Convention, and anyone seeking moral high ground in dealing with other cultures would ensure that they did not practice this deranged behavior.

Remember the notion of “tone at the top” and how the example set by the senior most officials is mirrored by those lower in the organization?  Abu Ghraib was not the result of a few bad apples but instead the expected outcome of a Presidency gone astray.  And the architect of Abu Ghraib and waterboarding?  Why none other than Dick “chief chicken hawk” Cheney.

Cheney was quoted yesterday as saying waterboarding was good because it was useful in interrogating the 3 high value prisoners.  (Ends justify the means?)  Cheney speaks volumes when he speaks like this.  Forget the rule of law, it is our intentions that should count.  This is precisely the problem that has us now mired in the muck in Iraq.  Cheney and friends were sure it was the right thing to do when we illegally invaded Iraq.  He was so sure that he invaded without adequate equipment, no plan for how to win the peace and no exit strategy.  Our behavior in Iraq has been easy for other Arabs to understand.  Might makes right. 

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2 Comments on “Darth Speaks”

  1. I heard that Ann Coulter had a fall, broke her jaw, and it is now WIRED SHUT!!

    All we need now if for Dick Cheney to hit a fire hydrant with his car, be trapped in the wreckage with the water spraying on his face (a la “waterboarding”) and we will KNOW there is a God with a sense of humor!

  2. Christianliberal, allowing “W” to be President for 8 years is humor enough… Cheney needs to be tried on charges of war crimes, for example crimes against humanity…

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