I think we all know why Barack Obama’s White House released some documents pertaining to enhanced interrogations and not others. It’s classic agenda-setting. It’s typical of people who depend upon shaping public opinion through misrepresentations and omissions rather than through fact and common sense. It’s a hallmark of left-leaning politicans afraid to let the American people know the truth and determined, just as usual, to put party before country.
This isn’t President Bush going into Iraq because of Weapons of Mass Destruction, later found to have been a false positive in terms of intelligence. In that case, all of the information on the table pointed toward the intelligence being reliable, enough so that many Democrats supported the war effort based on that information. In this case, all of the information may be available, but the Democrats are purposely holding much of it back from the American public in an attempt to fraudulently undermine anti-terror efforts done by those thankless individuals who now likely fear an indictment by this counterproductive and contraconstitutional administration.
Even the memos which have been released have been improperly reported on by the mainstream press, which for the past few news cycles have somehow missed evidence showing that, indeed, the CIA’s enhanced interrogation tactics worked. Take a look, for example, at this excerpt from “The CIA’s Questioning Worked,” a piece by Marc Thiessen in today’s Washington Post:
Consider the Justice Department memo of May 30, 2005. It notes that “the CIA believes ‘the intelligence acquired from these interrogations has been a key reason why al Qaeda has failed to launch a spectacular attack in the West since 11 September 2001.’ . . . In particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including [Khalid Sheik Mohammed] and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques.” The memo continues: “Before the CIA used enhanced techniques . . . KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, ‘Soon you will find out.’ ” Once the techniques were applied, “interrogations have led to specific, actionable intelligence, as well as a general increase in the amount of intelligence regarding al Qaeda and its affiliates.”
Specifically, interrogation with enhanced techniques “led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.” KSM later acknowledged before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The memo explains that “information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave.’ ” In other words, without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.
Personally, I’m not for releasing anything at all. To me, it looks like a sign of weakness, and it does nothing for those who continue to remain on the front lines of our fight against radical Islamic jihad. Still, if part is going to be released, everything should be released.
And, for crying out loud, Barack Obama needs to stop apologizing for the United States.
Just today, he essentially told the press that, with regard to enhanced interrogation tactics, “mistakes have been made.” I argue that no, Mr. President, mistakes have not been made. Not if American lives have been saved.
As the CIA continues to stand by its May 2005 assertion that waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided information which directly foiled a 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles, I wonder if the president would deem it a “mistake” that thousands of American children can hug their mothers and fathers today, a luxury which thousands more cannot manage in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
Why must the political left work so hard to undermine the efforts of those who sacrifice everything to keep us safe? Why does this administration place the well-being of people who want, with every fiber of their being, to kill innocent American men, women and children ahead of the safety of those people they are sworn to protect? To make matters worse, in what looks like an overnight change of policy (that’s what happens when you lack principles), Barack Obama says that he is open to Eric Holder’s Justice Department prosecuting lawyers who rubber-stamped the enhanced interrogation tactics. This is insane.
Just like his counterproductive tax and regulatory schemes will force honest, hard-working Americans to rethink doing business in the United States of America, Obama’s abominable approach to national security will force hard-working patriots to rethink whether it’s worth facing prosecution in order to defend this nation.
Obama’s rhetoric today smacked of a combination of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men and Burgess Meredith in Rocky. While the president didn’t come out and say outright that he eats lightning and craps thunder, Obama’s rhetoric did reach a fever pitch, with the president saying that he wakes up each morning wondering what he can do to keep Americans safe, and goes to bed each night worrying that it might not have been enough. More empty words.
Islamofascists don’t care about rhetoric. They don’t care what the president looks like with his shirt off. They notice action, and they notice weakness. Barack Obama is making this nation perceptibly and truly weaker in the face of the jihadist threat. Above all else, what Barack Obama needs to remember is that upholding the Constitution and providing for the safety of the American people are at the top of his duties as president of the United States – not pandering to or appeasing his counterparts overseas.