March 30, 2009

David Petraeus on Torture

I'm not trying to get all partisan on a Monday morning, but Dick Cheney says President Obama's changes in certain policies are making America less safe. Here is the response.

General P understands the way a military organization conducts itself operationally has direct relevance in this day and age on its ability to achieve strategic objectives. Everyone who has served in Iraq understands that Lynndie freaking England has had a bigger impact on our mission there than the average battalion S-3.

Furthermore, yesterday's excellent front-page article in the Post highlighted the lunacy of torture, which is that it causes people to say whatever it is they think you want them to say. Check out the wild goose chases on which Abu Zubaida sent intelligence officers and operators after he started saying anything and everything to make people stop torturing him.