Today's Akron Beacon Journal editorial has it wrong. That comes as no surprise to me. Those who write the editorials for the Beacon have been way behind the Bush curve for years. There would be no reason to expect a change now.
The editorial calls the Bush-Cheney torture regime "a failure of imagination". Sorry.... it's a bit more than that. Unbelievably, the Beacon editorial, reflecting on the torture revelations of the last few days, concludes by saying this about George W. Bush....
The decision to use torture was deplorable and damaging. It also reflected a state of fear, President Bush having made clear his determination to take all necessary steps to prevent another such attack. The motives were genuine. The methods were unsound, in large part, because the president and his aides failed to imagine the full consequences.
Here's just one brief glimpse into Bush's "genuine" motives in ordering illegal and barbaric torture to be practiced on detainees at Gitmo.....
A former U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney, told Army investigators in 2006 that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were under "pressure" to produce evidence of ties between al Qaida and Iraq.
"While we were there a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al-Qaida and Iraq and we were not successful in establishing a link between al-Qaida and Iraq," Burney told staff of the Army Inspector General. "The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish that link . . . there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results."
If, in fact, Bush's motives in ordering torture were "genuine", why did the interrogators carrying out the torture spend most of their time "focusing on trying to establish a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq"? Why would Bush and his senior officials, in contact with Gitmo torturers daily, place extreme pressure on those torturers to spend "a large part" of their time, "most of 2002 and into 2003", "demanding proof of links between al-Qaeda and Iraq"?
2002 and the first 2 months of 2003 found the Bush administration blanketing the nation with propaganda about Iraq.....a country without a history of any working relationship with terrorist organizations, a nation posing no threat to America.
Does the Beacon think that this is a "genuine" coincidence.....
"Cheney's and Rumsfeld's people were told repeatedly, by CIA . . . and by others, that there wasn't any reliable intelligence that pointed to operational ties between bin Laden and Saddam, and that no such ties were likely because the two were fundamentally enemies, not allies."
Senior administration officials, however, "blew that off and kept insisting that we'd overlooked something, that the interrogators weren't pushing hard enough, that there had to be something more we could do to get that information," he said.
What's "genuine" about that exchange is the genuine and concerted effort to pre-justify attacking and occupying Iraq through the means of torturing false confessions out of Gitmo detainees. The very purpose of the detailed and gruesome Chinese-Korean-Communist torture program, from which the Bush administration took it's torture tactics virtually word for word, was to illicit false confessions.
Bush and Cheney ordered Khalid Sheik Mohammed to be waterboarded 183 times in 30 days in order to produce something, anything, connecting al-Qaeda to Iraq....even if it was false.
How fu*king "genuine" is that motive?
I challenge the Beacon editorial writer to brush up on Bush-era, you know, reality, by taking the time to watch this excellent piece from last night's Rachel Maddow show.....if you're in a hurry, start at the 6 minute mark, and pay close attention to what Ron Susskind says......
Bush and Cheney's plan before taking office was to invade and occupy the country of Iraq. That's the "genuine" truth about the Bush presidency. That had been the neo-conservatives long-desired objective as outlined by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Invading Iraq was the Bush/Cheney plan before 9-11, as well as after 9-11.
The neo-cons knew that, barring provocation, or a "new Pearl Harbor" event, American consent to attack Iraq would be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. Even with the 9-11 event, the Bushies still had to fabricate and manipulate information, and lie, to build a consensus in favor of attacking a non-threatening, sovereign country.
But even that wasn't enough for the Bushies, the most wicked of all American administrations. These worthless fu*kers instituted a fully illegal program of savage torture for the purpose of sqeezing false confessions out of Gitmo detainees, in the hopes that those confessions would connect al-Qaeda to Iraq. That explains why Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in 30 days, 6 times a day on average. The Bushies wanted a false confession from KSM connecting al-Qaeda with Iraq...and if they had to kill KSM's brain to get it....so be it.
That was Bush's "genuine motive". Only, unlike the Beacon, I would describe it as a "genuine" crime.
Update: It's very important to read the account from the man who first interrogated Abu Zubaida. A must read.
Update #2: Today's NY Times...
"the memorandum then lists among Abu Zubaydah’s revelations the identification of Mr. Mohammed and of an alleged radiological bomb plot by Jose Padilla, the American Qaeda associate. Both those disclosures were made long before Abu Zubaydah was subjected to harsh treatment, according to multiple accounts."
Update #3: Listen to Fox's Shep Smith use the F-word about the torture subject....
Jeebus. "We are America. We do not f*cking torture," says Shep.
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