A Torturous Naiveté

Enlightening op-ed from the WaPo yesterday. A military interrogator speaks of his own convictions against torture and makes a convincing case that our new president will be more supportive of the troops:

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.

The Bush Administration: naive on war, naive on morality, and naive on the consequences of evil and putting people in harm’s way. January 20th can’t happen soon enough.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to A Torturous Naiveté

  1. Tony says:

    Well, let’s see… we will trade placing underwear on the heads of those caught on the field of battle, for ripping children limb from limb from their mothers’ wombs.

    Sounds like a fair trade to me.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  2. Anne says:


  3. Todd says:

    I think you have a false logic, Tony. If abortion were prohibited under the current presidency and we were looking at a complete loosening of the law, then you would be half right.

    To be fully right, you would need to see China’s forced abortion policy, and Americans torturing prisoners without regard for military or presidential orders otherwise.

    As it is, for the past twenty-seven years, abortion rates have been dropping, regardless of which party controls which part of the federal government. It is reasonable to conclude that citizen voting is nearly irrelevant to the abortion issue in our society.

    As this thread is about immorality traceable to the top of ther executive branch, I’m happy to crow the Republicans are on their way out. Good for the country; good for the world.

  4. Michael says:

    First of all, the torture regime of the current administration has gone far beyond “placing underwear on the heads of those caught on the field of battle”.

    Second of all, why do we have to overlook one intrinsic evil (torture) in order to address another (abortion)?

  5. marilyn says:

    yes – poor unborn…no voice to even cry!

  6. Gavin says:

    The GOP made itself untenable on life issues when the president (who represents the party, unfortunately) endorsed torture. They made it clear that life for them isn’t a value, it’s a tool. Use “life” when you want support from social conservatives. Abuse “life” when you want information from the prisoner.

    And the worst part is that now all the powers that were given to Bush are in the hands of Obama. Whom will he torture? Whom will he wiretap? That’s what conservatives have, by and large, forgotten: when you give a power to your government, you give it to the other party’s too.

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