Apr 30, 2009

The Child in Chief Speaketh

From CNN

Obama also said Wednesday he is "very comfortable" with his decision to ban interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which he called torture.
The president called the practice a recruiting tool for terrorist groups like al Qaeda, citing World War II-era British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who also rejected such "enhanced interrogation" techniques.

"Churchill understood that if you start taking shortcuts, over time that corrodes what's best in a people," Obama said. "It corrodes the character of a country."

- President Barack Obama, 100 Days, April 29, 2009.

Mr. Obama – a point of clarification. Mr. Churchill’s reference to torture was:

a.) in reference to actual torture, not highly productive interrogation techniques which, while scaring the daylights out of prisoners, do them no actual harm

b.) in reference to downed and captured Nazi pilots, most of whom were drafted against their will and who possessed little to no strategic knowledge outside of the parameters of their particular mission, rendering torture or even harsh interrogation pointless

c.) in recognition that captured British soldiers were largely being treated well by their German captors

Detained Islamic terrorists have demonstrated in word and deed their personal and deeply held conviction that their enemies – all non-Islamics – must convert or die. They have stated their unrepentent allegiance to this conviction. They have abused, tortured, beheaded, and blown to pieces countless innocent people in demonstration of this conviction and vowed to continue doing so long before any American or Allied engagement in the matter. They are in possession of strategies and technologies that make a small band or even just one of them as potentially lethal as an entire squadron of Luftwaffe bombers.

Your assessment of the situation and reference to Mr. Churchill in this instance is yet further proof of your adolescent and disastrous miscalculation of past, present, and future.

That the leader of the free world would publicly renounce a proven and legitimate means of defense in the fight against pure evil is a profound step in the direction of total surrender. And the free press applauds. Breathtaking.



Update from the UK Times -Best try that again Barry.

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