Thursday, June 16, 2005

Guantanamo Torture? C'mon, Be Serious.

Oh, the Bush bashers are at it again. Now they're whining about the treatment of detainees at Gitmo.

Ann Coulter, in her latest column, tells of the NOT ALLOWED list as it applies to U.S. personnel at Gitmo.

As described in infuriating detail by Heather MacDonald in the Winter, 2005,
City Journal, interrogators at Guantanamo are not allowed to: — yell at the
detainees, except in extreme circumstances and only after alerting Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld — and never in the ears; — serve the detainees cold
meals, except in extreme circumstances; — poke the detainees in the chest or
engage in "light pushing" without careful monitoring and approval from the
commander of the U.S. Southern Central Command in Miami; — reward detainees (for
example, for not throwing feces at the guards that day) with a Twinkie or a
McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich in the absence of express approval from the
secretary of defense. (I suppose it goes without saying, "supersizing" their
order is strictly forbidden under any circumstances.) Without careful
monitoring, interrogators aren't even allowed to subject the detainees to
temperature changes, unpleasant odors or sleep cycle disruptions. But on the
bright side, they are allowed to play Christina Aguilera music and feed the
savages the same food our soldiers eat rather than their usual orange-glazed
chicken. That isn't sarcasm; these are the rules. No cold meals, sleep
deprivation or uncomfortable positions? Obviously, what we need to do is get the
U.S. Army to serve drinks on commercial airlines and get the airlines to start
supervising the detainees in Guantanamo.

Ann has a real knack of putting things into perspective.

NOW, you have to check this out. The Jawa Report has the goods on real torture, that of the Saddam Hussein variety. One would think that the Bush bashers at some point would slow down enough to see how really foolish they've become.

Just an observation.


At 5:08 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Well, I am a Bush basher, I suppose. But, I bash him because I think his war was ill-conceived and ill-planned. I think his reasons for going were less than honest. I think he has no idea how to get us out. I think he should have listened closer to the words of Colin Powell, who said, in regards to Iraq: "You break it, you bought it."

Sage words. I believe he was 100% correct. For here we are, 1600 US soldiers dead. Over 10,000 Iraqi casualties.

Is this the price of freedom? Is it the price of oil? Is it the price of having McDonald's Big Mac's in Baghdad?

Strange which countries we pick and choose to help. Human rights abuses abound in Africa, but do we plan to invade? Topple regimes?

At 7:38 AM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Here's Delftsman's take on "the gulag" at Gitmo.


At 3:20 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Torture of any kind is dishonorable, in my opinion, and the "look what they do..." argument does not hold water. It should never be tolerated in any circumstance.


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