Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Credit Where It Is Due

We tend to avoid foreign policy and stick to domestic issues.  However, we are also strong supporters of our military and we would like to state that the military and intelligence community should receive 100% of the credit for incapacitating a dangerous threat in terminating Osama bin Laden.  We would provide our esteemed Teleprompter-in-Chief with some credit; however we cannot do so.  He opposed the harsh interrogation methods used to gain intelligence that led to the termination of Osama bin Laden.  Although the stuttering, stammering, and mumbling incompetent fool that occupies the White House would like to take credit for every accomplishment - and blame every failure on another party - anyone with any ability whatsoever to think critically can easily see through this charade for what it is: a Marxist-Socialist ideologue with zero leadership ability grasping at straws.  

From the L.A. Times:

An Al Qaeda suspect who was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques at a secret CIA prison in early 2004 provided a clue, the nom de guerre of a mysterious courier, that ultimately proved crucial to finding Osama bin Laden, officials said Wednesday.

From the Boston Globe:

Hassan Ghul, an Al Qaeda courier arrested in Iraq in 2004, spent two years in a secret CIA prison, where detainees were subjected to interrogation practices such as facial slaps and sleep deprivation.

Sometime during those two years, Ghul named another important courier, a crucial tip that eventually helped lead to Sunday’s daring raid on Osama bin Laden’s hide-out, according to the Associated Press.

US officials have acknowledged that clues gleaned from the Bush administration’s controversial network of detention centers, coupled with years of patient intelligence work, netted the terrorist mastermind on Sunday. But they declined to say whether harsh interrogation practices — which President Obama opposes — played a role in their historic intelligence success.

Former Bush administration officials say the successful raid on bin Laden’s compound provides some vindication for detention and interrogation policies that have been widely criticized by the legal community, human rights advocates, and Obama himself.

“This would not have been possible if we were releasing terrorists willy-nilly and not interrogating them,’’ Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary under Bush told reporters Monday.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution who has authored books about the legal challenges of detaining terrorists, said it is too early tell what role, if any, coercive tactics played. But he said it is clear that interrogating hundreds of detainees over a period of years “developed a mosaic that led to bin Laden.’’

“There were many people who were far too quick to insist that no good could ever come from coercive interrogation,’’ Wittes said. “Those of us who resisted that proposition were always derided as apologists for torture. But the premise of that conventional wisdom was wrong. Actually important information does emerge from that sort of a program, and maybe even from the portions of that program that we call morally distasteful.’’

3 comments:

BP said...

Yup. Only morons can say "Obama got Osama". All of the legwork was done by our military and intelligence agencies based on tools approved prior to his presidency. The only decision he made was to raid instead of bomb the compound.... which makes no sense since he harps against unnecessarily putting troops in harms way all of the time.

www.nydivide.org said...

Someone asked why this post was made so late. Recently, the editor in chief of The New York Divide, met an Army Ranger upon their travels. The Army Ranger discussed politics and how it was his opinion that "Bush gets all the credit for getting bin Laden". With great humility, we disagreed with the Army Ranger stating that "No, the men and women of our military - you guys - get all the credit. Maybe Bush as a distant second or even third. Certainly no other politician". The Army Ranger agreed.

Jen said...

Thanks for this post!

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