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Waterboarding’s OK because it was in a movie?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressional footnote Allen (Walter E. Kurtz) West is claiming waterboarding isn’t torture because he saw it in a movie?

The former U.S. Army Colonel – who was forced to retire after discharging his weapon next to a prisoner’s head who he’d threatened to execute – made an appearance on FOX PAC & Friends, where he was introduced as “Congresswoman West” by brainiac co-host Brian Kilmeade. “Kurtz” was appearing to attempt to counter the President’s statement that waterboarding was torture.

“I see that when we continue to read Miranda rights to people such as the underwear bomber, we are using the advantage and leverage that we have,” West said. “And furthermore in the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore was waterboarded, and we do use that in military training and Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training.”

OK, so by that logic, if we find a witch in a town all we have to do is drop a house on her and we’re good?

There are actually two things wrong with Congressman “Kurtz’s” statement, and I’ll use small words so everyone can get this; first, G.I. Jane’s a movie, which means she wasn’t really waterboarded; second, when our military personal are waterboarded in Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training they know they’re not going to die so it’s not the same, they know the trainers can only go so far, that’s why it’s called “training”.

West is a lunatic; he was sent packing from the Army for mistreating prisoners and he’s the last person who should ever be called as a subject matter expert on what’s right and wrong concerning torture and interrogation of prisoners, but if you’re FOX PAC he’s the first on your speed dial.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Lunatics

 

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Waterboarding is torture

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidates, with the notable exceptions of Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul announced during Saturday night’s GOP debate that they’d reinstitute waterboarding if elected president, arguing it’s an “enhanced interrogation technique” and therefore doesn’t violate the Geneva Convention’s ban against acts of torture.

President Barack Obama chastised the candidates for that stance, noting the damage waterboarding has done for America’s reputation and its standing in the world.

“It’s contrary to America’s traditions,” he said. “It’s contrary to our ideals. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we operate. We don’t need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism. And we did the right thing by ending that practice.”

But the President isn’t alone in his condemnation of the GOTP wannabes, the man the President beat in 2008, and the Senator best known for criticizing the practice, spoke out against the practice on Monday morning as well.

“Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding,” Sen. John McCain tweeted. “Waterboarding is torture.”

There is no one serving in the United States Senate better qualified to debunk conservative ignorance on this subject, and since the President has already outlawed the practice, the only way it will return is if one of the current GOTP troglodytes somehow wins the White House; thankfully, at present that’s not looking too promising.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Waterboarding is torture

USA Today is reporting that President Obama is challenging the views of his Republican Tea Party (GOTP) opponents on Iran and support of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Asked about Mittens Romney’s criticism he isn’t stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the President told reporters anyone who claims this is an easy issue “is either politicking or doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”

I’d personally say with respects to this crop of candidates, it’s both Mr. President, they’re all politicking and they definitely don’t have a clue on foreign policy, but less much of anything else.

“You take a look at what we’ve been able to accomplish in mobilizing the world community against Iran over the last three years and it shows steady, determined, firm progress in isolating the Iranian regime, and sending a clear message that the world believes it would be dangerous for them to have a nuclear weapon,” the President said.

The President also reportedly said, of Iran: “Not only the world, but the Iranian regime understands very clearly how determined we are to prevent not only a nuclear Iran but also a nuclear arms race in the region, and a violation of nonproliferation norms that would have implications around the world, including in the Asia Pacific region where we have similar problems with North Korea.”

During another recent so-called GOTP “debate”, Mittens described Iran as the President’s “greatest failure” in foreign policy, and, “if we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.”

Of course he has no facts to back up his statement, he’s just throwing it out there; Mittens might as well have said, “If we re-elect Barack Obama, we’ll discover the moon is made of green cheese.”

During the same “debate”, Herman “Pizza Man” Cain and Michele “Krazy” Bachmann said they’d bring back waterboarding as an interrogation technique on terrorism suspects; Cain said, “I don’t see that as torture,” while Bachmann called the technique “very effective” in learning about terrorism plans.

“They’re wrong,” the President responded. “Waterboarding is torture.”

“It’s contrary to America’s traditions,” he added. “It’s contrary to our ideals. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we operate. We don’t need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism. And we did the right thing by ending that practice.”

“If we want to lead around the world, part of our leadership is setting a good example. And anybody who has actually read about and understands the practice of waterboarding would say that that is torture. And that’s not something we do, period.”

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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