Popular talk radio host undergoes waterboarding, changes his mind on nature of technique
Saying that I’m not much of a Keith Olbermann fan would be understatement of the year. Olbermann, Dan Patrick and Craig Kilborn were just about as good as it gets when it came to sports broadcasting, but the post-Sportscenter incarnation of this self-important, bombastic dimwit leaves much to be desired.
That being said, I was extremely interested while watching his recent interview with Libertarian radio talk show host Erich “Mancow” Muller. Like most of the folks on the right side of the political spectrum, Muller apparently insisted for a long time that waterboarding was not torture. Personally, my opinion is more along the lines of a heartless “who cares?” but I nonetheless found myself thinking about this interview long after watching it.
I’m a don’t-knock-it-unless-you-try-it guy. I don’t like wondering what might have been, and that attitude is present in every aspect of my life, right down to encouraging my three-year-old to try those brussels sprouts before deciding against them and falling back on the macaroni and cheese. In all honestly, I’d like to try being waterboarded; find me a CIA official willing to do so, find me a pen with which to sign the official Nancy Pelosi liability waiver, and call me Khalid Sheikh McSchreiber. I might end up not liking it, I might end up telling you the combination to my big fire safe, but I’m not going to knock it unless I try it.
Now, what does that mean in terms of reconciling what was said by Mr. Muller? I don’t know. I cannot imagine that I would enjoy being waterboarded–admitting that I’d enjoy the opportunity to try it is leagues away from claiming that I would enjoy the process–but, then, is that not the entire point?
Waterboarding, even from what this particular radio host said, gives the perception of drowning. As an American that would rather not see another fellow American die in a terrorist attack, I’d venture to say that the reality of a bullet to the head is far too kind and gracious for these people — the mere perception of drowning, facilitated in an attempt to garner information that has even the remote possibility of saving American lives, seems just fine to me.