Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bill Clinton Still 'Loathes' the Military


And he hasn't a clue about how to interogate terrorists either:

In an interview with the Financial Times, the former president called for the camp [at Guantanamo], set up to hold suspected terrorists, to "be closed down or cleaned up".

Mr Clinton joined critics at home and abroad who have singled out the indefinite detention of prisoners without trial and widespread reports of human rights violations at Guantánamo.

He said: "It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused."

Talk to the crying Senator from Illinois, pal.

Aside from moral issues....

Ahem; Bill Dale and the other Travel Office employees, disappeared subpoenaed Rose Law Firm billing records in Hillary's closet, Monica, Juanita Broderick, Kathleen Willey....

...there were two practical objections to the US military abusing prisoners, he said. "If we get a reputation for abusing people it puts our own soldiers much more at risk and second, if you rough up somebody bad enough, they'll eventually tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to stop doing it."

Which is why we don't 'rough up' anyone at Gitmo, unless it's in self-defense. The goal of the interrogators is to get the detainees to talk. About almost anything. And keep them talking. Their recorded statements then will be meticulously analyzed and compared with similar statements of their playmates. That's how you glean intelligence nuggets.

Conspicuous by absence in the interview were any ideas about what other methods might be more productive. Nor any alternatives to detaining these bloodthirsty jihadists that would keep them from killing more Americans.

Update: Bill Clinton's usually perfect political pitch seems to have failed him, according to Rasmussen:

June 22, 2005--A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 20% of Americans believe prisoners at Guantanomo Bay have been treated unfairly. Seven-out-of-ten adults believe the prisoners are being treated "better than they deserve" (36%) or "about right" (34%).

The survey also found that just 14% agree with people who say that prisoner treatment at Guantanomo Bay is similar to Nazi tactics. Sixty-nine percent disagree with that comparison. This helps explain why Illinois Senator Dick Durbin apologized for making such a comparison.

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