Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Aggressive Techniques

The President stumbled again, opening up a can of worms that was better left as an internal matter.

We are better than the enemy, so I don't accept or buy into the "they did it first" argument. It ranks up there with the ScaifeNet favorite "I know you are but what am I" gambit. But when the choice is between American lives and brutal unrelenting terrorists, the choice is obvious:
The Bush-era interrogation techniques that many view as torture may have yielded important information about terrorists, President Obama's national intelligence director said in an internal memo.

"High-value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said in a memo to personnel.
The President is savvy enough to know the realities of the situation:
"There's a host of very complicated issues involved there. As a general deal, I think we should be looking forward and not backward.

"I do worry about this getting so politicized that we cannot function effectively, and it hampers our ability to carry out critical national security operations."
Even Bill Bennet on Morning with America (Yes, I listened to The Patriot this morning) said he doesn't think we should get in the habit of investigating each other at the turn of an election. Paraphrasing -- "We investigate them, then they investigate us, and nothing gets done"

Lets be clear, and understand one of the main reason I have been consistently supportive of the War on Terror and the incursion into Iraq. Traditionally, in war, the one equalizer is each sides fear of dying, or even being destroyed. Our extremist enemies we battle today DON'T CARE ABOUT DYING!. They think it is a badge of honor, a noble gift to be given freely. Martyrdom is craved, not feared. How can you fight an enemy like that. The Kamikazes in the late stages of WWII were still fearful of death, and reluctant to carry out their mission. Not this new wave of suicide bombers.

So we should not justify our inappropriate and in some cases illegal actions based on the behavior of our enemy. But if there are aggressive techniques that will improve our security at home and save American lives then they should be deployed for that purpose.


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