2012 December 22 Saturday
Anyone Upset If US Tortured Terrorists To Find Bin Laden?
Does this movie harm US standing abroad? I'm flashing on Roman Legions who could intimidate enemies into surrender out of fear of otherwise getting totally wiped out. Fear has utility. The willingness to use any means to get someone who killed many thousands of Americans really has some utility on the world stage.
Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin wrote a scathing letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton on Tuesday, condemning "Zero Dark Thirty" for its suggestion that the use of torture played a part in locating terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
What is wrong with torturing Muslim terrorists in order to find Osama Bin Laden? Isn't this a rather extreme case?
Are McCain, Feinstein, and Levin trying to make the world believe the US government does not use torture? I mean, seriously? What's their motive for the letter? Do they think it improves their reelection prospects? If so, with who exactly?
By Randall Parker at 2012 December 22 07:30 PM
McCain knows better than most that torture works. It broke him and caused him to divulge secrets in Viet Nam. One reason torture is effective is the mental aspect. When the enemy realizes there is no limit to the pain he may be subjected to, he may cave in. Unfortunately, when we let our enemies know that we have very tight limits and won't harm them, they hold out longer than they would otherwise. Besides, McCain and Feinstein have been torturing US taxpayers for decades so they have no reason to bitch about torturing a few rag heads.
My Good Man,
The real torture is the buffoonery of chasing around the world to catch someone who in the grand scheme of things, got us to foolishly deploy armies and waste money supposedly trying to catch him. It's not like he inflicted 911 with a carrier fleet and several divisions.
We are continuing to inflict defeats on ourselves.
My Good Man,
The real torture was the buffoonery of sending armies to traipse after OBL. It's not as if the man sent a carrier fleet and several divisions to inflict 911. Getting him, with or without torture was a booby prize.
We continue to inflict defeats on ourselves.
If we brought the troops home and concentrated on securing our own borders, the Middle-easterners would get back to what they do best; killing each other.