Enhanced interrogation techniques

Republicans Opt For War, Torture and Adopting The Chinese Communist Model


Mario Piperni

If you were fortunate enough to miss Saturday’s GOP foreign policy debate, you might be interested to know that in your absence…

  • Herman Cain wants to bring back the age of torture because, in his wisdom, waterboarding isn’t really torture. It’s simply an “enhanced interrogation technique.”
  • Michele Bachmann concurs, as does Rick Perry who emphasized his overwhelming approval of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques by stating, “I will defend them until I die.”  Mr. Executioner obviously loves his torture.
  • Mitt Romney would impose “crippling sanctions” on Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons
  • that Gingrich has spilled the beans on his grand covert scheme.  Blabbermouth.
  • Rick Santorum is all for war too but he took it one notch higher.  He proposes supporting an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.  You know, ‘bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.’
  • As for Rick Perry, he wants to start all foreign aid at the zero dollar level and have nations prove that they are worthy of receiving US dollars.  He included Israel in the mix.
  • Herman Cain of “ubeki beki beki beki stan stan” fame and, no doubt, the foreign policy wonk on the stage, believes that the “president has been on the wrong side in nearly every situation in the Arab world“  and as a result that Arab Spring thing, well, “has gotten totally out of hand.”  Apparently, Cain believes that too much democracy is not a good thing.
  • The highlight lowlight of the evening, I believe, was Michele Bachmann proposing that the US needs to adopt communist China’s approach to dealing with its citizenry.

“The ‘Great Society’ has not worked and it’s put us into the modern welfare state. If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps. If you look at China, they’re in a very different situation. They save for their own retirement security…They don’t have the modern welfare state and China’s growing. And so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us with the Great Society and they’d be gone.”

Smart, because once you dismantle socialist programs like Medicare, replacing it with the Chinese model makes so much sense.  Michele no doubt believes that a little more suffering for those shiftless 99ers would do them good.

So there you go.  Sleep well knowing that the fate of the planet could one day be in the hands of any of these lovely people.

Final point.  CBS should be banned from ever sponsoring another debate.  It was horrible.  The moderator was inept, continually cutting off answers in mid-sentence and preventing any flow in the exchange.  Having eight clowns debating issues of which they had little understanding was bad enough without CBS doing their best to make the event even more insufferable.

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Cheney ‘strongly supports’ continued waterboarding | Raw Replay

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Raw Story Replay

Former vice president Dick Cheney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel that he has “no regrets” about authorizing the waterboarding of terror suspects.

“In your view, we should still be using enhanced interrogation?” Gangel asked Cheney.

“Yes,” Cheney replied.“No regrets?”

Gangel pressed.“No regrets,”

Cheney agreed.

“Should we still be waterboarding terror suspects?” Gangel wondered.

“I would strongly support using it again if circumstances arose where we had a high-value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk,” the former vice president explained.

Though many consider waterboarding torture, Cheney argued that the technique should still be a “tool.”

Though many consider waterboarding torture, Cheney argued that the technique should still be a “tool.”

The full interview airs Monday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC’s Dateline

Santorum: McCain Doesn’t Understand Interrogation

I was watching The Rachel Maddow Show and saw her segment on former GOP Senator Rick Santorum’s accusation against John McCain. 

It seems that Rick Santorum believes he knows more about enhanced interrogation than John McCain, a former captive of the North Vietnamese was in fact, subjected to enhanced interrogation.  (You gotta love the absolute ignorance and buffoonery of the current lineup of the current wannabe GOP presidential candidates!)

The fact is, Rick Santorum has always been one dumbass ex-Senator.


GOP U.S. presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Tuesday John McCain, tortured as a prisoner of war, “doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works.”

During an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s talk show on the Salem Radio Network, Santorum, a former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, credited so-called enhanced interrogation methods with helping the United States track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

When Hewitt pointed out that McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and a U.S. senator from Arizona who spent years in a North Vietnamese prison camp during the Vietnam War, has said there is no such evidence, Santorum said everything he has read shows the trail to bin Laden began with “information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation.”

“And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheik Mohammed was being waterboarded, he [McCain] doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works,” Santorum said. “I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information.

“Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden.”

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