A question to ponder…..how can one be opposed to waterboarding and then support assassination? Almost everyone on the planet is happy that Osama bin Laden is dead; but not everyone is happy about the process. Questions remain: Why wasn’t he captured? What took so long? And, how was the intel collected that led to his elimination? The media has been abuzz since the news of bin Laden’s death with opinion on what really happened and how it all went down. I suppose there are a few skeptics that wonder if he is really dead….but that question has been laid to rest with the al-Qaeda announcement acknowledging his death and their promise of reprisal against Americans here and abroad!
So, my question is: How can our government support assassination (murder) and not support enhanced interrogation techniques (waterboarding, etc.)? Seems a little contradictory to me! What about you? Personally, I believe enhanced interrogation is perfectly permissible if the information gleaned can save American lives on the frontlines of some foreign country or save Americans domestically in our war on terrorism. I can make a distinction between jihadists and the “run-of-the-mill,” common criminal. Jihadists are bent on indiscriminately killing innocents for some cause that most people cannot fathom! They are psychological deviates with no sense of decency towards their fellowmen!
The current administration has made a big issue about enhanced interrogation techniques….but, if one believes the media, those techniques assisted in gaining the intel that led to finding bin Laden. And, upon getting the information, the administration issue a “kill” directive on bin Laden. Waterboarding may seem a little inhuman, but assassination (murder) is the ultimate inhumanity for dealing with a terrorist.
Maybe it is just the political hypocrisy of both parties that really bothers me. If we must use extreme methods to protect our country, then just do it! Don’t hide behind rhetoric….stand tall and be proud to do whatever is required to win this war!