Regarding ‘Torture’ – Some Perspective

CIA interrogators waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and at least two other Al Qaeda operatives. Senator Dianne Feinstein, President Barack Obama and the rest of the left-wing echo chamber are indignant about it.

Osama bin Laden, another mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was hunted down and killed by U.S. commandos (might he have been captured and brought to trial?), under direct order of President Obama. How did those on the left react? Perhaps you remember Vice President Biden rejoicing at the Democrats’ national convention in 2012, “GM is alive, and Osama bin Laden is dead!” to thunderous applause.

Scores of suspected terrorists avoided the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, by virtue of the fact that they died in U.S. drone strikes (as noted here by Victor Davis Hanson), alongside often innocent bystanders, also under orders from Mr. Obama. However, this has gone largely unreported by the U.S. news media.

Now, on a scale of uncivilized behavior, which is the greater indiscretion? Enhanced interrogation or summary execution?

And another thing. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed suffered enhanced interrogation at a time when the United States was under immediate threat of further terrorist attacks. Americans didn’t know what to expect, or when to expect it. Those charged with protecting America in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 acted within that context. Quite to the contrary, Mr. Obama ordered the deaths of bin Laden and many others several years later, when there was no longer the same immediate threat. The killing of bin Laden, for instance, was apparently an act of revenge more than one of self-preservation; certainly it was celebrated as such.

Even setting aside the extraordinary case of bin Laden, one is left to wonder what motivates indifference over the outright killing of scores of suspected terrorists coupled with indignation over subjecting several known terrorists to harsh interrogation? Could it be politics? Or sheer hypocrisy?

ObamaCare Is Heroin

Our reliance on government has become an addiction, Democrats the pushers. They began looking for the vein decades ago, proposing one means or another of socializing medical treatment in America, a nation whose founding principles are indeed antithetical to socialism. Early forms of dependency, such as Social Security, were akin to experimenting with cannabis, attractive and relatively harmless. Non-addictive? Perhaps, but certainly habit-forming, and seemingly harmless habits open doors.

Successive generations enjoyed government’s open door policy with ever-increasing reliance. Welfare and Food Stamps, Medicare and Medicaid, begun with good intentions, soon were addicting us. The Great Society took a bureaucratized, socialized, hallucinogenic turn down a wayward path, and rarely did anyone pause to look back. Now comes the hard stuff. Ted Kennedy applied the tourniquet; Hillary Clinton tapped away fervently; but it was Barack Obama who ultimately found the vein. John Roberts inserted the needle. And our media establishment, America’s mass opiate, induces us to lay back, anticipate the rush.

A rush of emptiness that satisfies is the essence of addiction. It is the alluring deceit of ObamaCare. And it is the method of our consumptive government, whose illicit recipe of federal debt, spending and regulation promotes a comforting illusion of sustenance to mask the harsh reality of dependence. If we naively accept this as good and desirable then we certainly, perhaps deservedly, become addicted to it. Before long our market-based health care system, overwhelmed by government overreach, is decimated, inadequate, in need of replacement. That’s when the addicted settle for pretty much anything, because it’s better than nothing.

Eventually, no surprise, getting clean appears so disorienting as to be inconceivable. Then we bow down, anemic, devoted to a habit once the sweet nectar, turned bitter. We awaken one morning, in our national stupor, and gaze into the looking-glass at something we no longer recognize – shrunken, hollow, without strength, definition or purpose – with no one to save us, because no one can.

That’s when America withers, beyond health or healing, into oblivion.