In 2011, Americans breathed a sigh of relief as President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a U.S. operation in Pakistan. Since announcing the terrorist’s death, Obama has repeatedly touted Bin Laden’s death as his achievement, his one rebuttal against those who claim that he’s soft on terrorism.
Bin Laden’s death, however, was put in motion years before Obama ever took office. The intelligence apparatus that yielded his location was empowered during the years of George W. Bush’s presidency- a presidency whose methods the Obama Administration have thoroughly disavowed.
On Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan declared unequivocally that he would never again allow a CIA officer to conduct waterboarding interrogations under his watch, even if he was ordered to by the president.
In an interview with NBC News, Brennan declared,
“I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure.”
When asked specifically about waterboarding, Brennan boldly stated,
“Absolutely, I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”
Both Ted Cruz Ted Cru and Donald Trump have agreed to continue the practice if they should become the next president.
Trump has maintained that we should go “beyond” waterboarding and claimed that methods “a hell of a lot worse” would be used against terrorists.
Cruz stated that he would “not bring it back in any sort of widespread use,” but that he would “use whatever enhanced interrogation methods to keep this country safe.”
President Obama banned the practice in 2009, but the CIA confirmed after Bin Laden’s death that the CIA obtained vital information from waterboarding that helped lead to Bin Laden.
Since admitting as such, however, the CIA has reversed course and the official stance is that waterboarding did not aid in the search for Bin Laden.
It is thoroughly ridiculous that at a time when we remain at war with radical Islam that the CIA’s focus can be on anything other than winning this fight.
Waterboarding is not torture; it is an incredible discomfort that has served as a useful tool to gain information from zealots who would rather die than offer information to the supposed infidels. Imprisonment will not yield these answers and thus, enhanced interrogation is warranted.
If Mr. Brennan does not have the stomach or the resolve to do whatever it takes to defeat America’s enemies, he should step-aside and let those with a stiffer backbone take the wheel.
And that goes for our so-called Commander-in-Chief as well.