Al Qaeda finds useful idiots in large supply in US Senate
The Al Qaeda training manual is the terrorist bible, not the Koran. Rule #18
Lesson 18 of that manual, whose authenticity has not been questioned,
emphatically states, under the heading "Prison and Detention Centres", that,
when arrested, members of al-Qa'eda "must insist on proving that torture was
inflicted on them by state security investigators. [They must] complain to the
court of mistreatment while in prison".
It is truly sad that so many US Democrat politicians, and a few weak Republicans, are accepting at face value the claims of terrorists at GITMO over the words, and evidence, of our own military. It is pathetic and infuriating at the same time. One should expect this from alleged "human rights" groups like Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, but for US political leaders to so quickly, easily and thoughlessly join the chorus, it is disheartening. These people wonder why the US has a bad reputation overseas. Look in the mirror.
As John Hinderaker said on Powerline,
The mildness with which terrorist detainees have been treated stands as an
imperishable monument to the greatness of the American spirit and the moderation
of the Bush administration.
US politicans calling for the closing of GITMO are useful idiots, they are useful to AlQaeda in that they are buying into their planned, deliberate cries of torture and they are idots because they defame the US military unnecessarily, make their job more difficult and bring legitimacy to an obvious red herring.
Powerline has more on this today,
Is idiot too strong? Ah, no it isn't.
The Senate hearing on Gitmo that C-SPAN has been re-broadcasting tonight stands as a monument to the wisdom of al Qaeda, which advises its terrorists to complain, if captured, about torture and mistreatment in order, presumably, to take advantage of folks like many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Democratic members, and several Republicans as well, can't seem to accept the notion that detainees captured while fighting Americans during our campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban deserve anything less than the full blown due process we accord our citizens, including access to federal court. Never mind that ordinary prisoners of war captured by us on the battle field during, say, World War II, never received such "due process." Why should we be more solicitous of unlawful combatants than we were of legitimate soldiers who abided by the rules of war?
Perhaps the argument is not that our treatment of detainees hurts us with potential terrorists, but rather that it hurts our image with friends and potential friends. It is true that if no one ever criticized the way we treat detainees, our image would be better. But I'm aware of no evidence that our image short-fall is causing us any difficulties in fighting terrorism. Governments still cooperate with us, or not, for the usual reason -- self interest. Moreover, granting prisoners access to federal court won't mitigate our the image problems resulting from detaining prisioners at Gitmo and elsewhere. Most foreigners likely find it as absurd as al Qaeda does that we would consider providing gold-plated legal process to captured terrorists. The image problem stems from claims of torture. Those claims, and the eagerness of elements of the MSM and the American left to advance them, won't end regardless of what we do. Al Qaeda's playbook, and the history of the past few months, tell us so.
From Little Green Footballs,
Last night on the Senate floor during a debate on the Energy Bill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) suddenly launched into a bizarre rant comparing the American military to Nazis, the Soviet KGB, and Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. (Hat tip: Right Wing Conspirator.)
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing
what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly
believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad
regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is
not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their
What actions exactly? What could we have done to have a Democrat US Senator comparing our military to Nazi's, the KGB and PolPot?
On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the
temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking
with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off,
making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The
detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him.
He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On
another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely
loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before,
with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
Dick Durbin, Democrat Senator, disgracing himself, our military and the Senate all at once. An idiot indeed.