Yes President Obama, we did indeed "torture some folks".
Former president Bush said that we did not, but now, of course, we know that is a lie. Or maybe not. Maybe former president Bush was misled as well. I bet Dick Cheney knew that we "tortured some folks". Methinks he protests a bit too much about the release of this report by The Senate Intelligence Committee.
It's not a "bunch of hooey" Mr. Cheney, you should be in jail.
We are now being told that the CIA used tactics that are "brutal and flawed", and according to one of the senators who was responsible for the release of the report; it is a "stain on our values and history."
Those on the right side of the political divide will tell you that this is no big deal, and that this program was needed to stop the next September 11 type attack from taking place in our homeland.
This is the position of Dick Cheney and some of the other apologists for the ignoble and inhuman act that is torture. We know now that this is not true. These torture programs did not stop one terrorist act from taking place on our shores, and it did not help us to kill Osama bin Laden.
So now that we know that America is no different than any other Third World country, and that we do not respect the rule of law; we have to ask ourselves if it was all worth it. I, for one, do not think that it was. But I am just a small time left wing progressive blogger from Philadelphia. Senator John McCain, who was himself tortured, apparently has no love for torturing folks, either. I will defer to him on this subject.
"Republican Sen. John McCain broke with members of his party Tuesday, lauding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture and decrying the use of torture as having "stained our national honor" and doing "much harm and little practical good."
On this we both agree.
For the record, I am no fan of this president's drone program, either. Targeting and killing alleged terrorist (with collateral damage sometimes thrown in) is not a good look for this administration or the country.
But it seems to be something that we have all accepted. And we shouldn't. We should see it for what it is. Like torture, it creates a strain on our democracy and diminishes our standing in the world.
Sadly, though, Americans don't seem to care.
Maybe this report will change some things.