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The War on Erroneous Assumptions

April 18, 2009

Monsieur Obama’s argument to release the CIA memos on interrogation was that not making them public would leave the US vulnerable to “an inaccurate accounting of the past,” and “erroneous and inflammatory assumptions about actions taken by the United States.” Funny that the President thinks that such “assumptions” are more dangerous than telling Al Qaeda what kind of interrogation methods might be used against them so that they can prepare to resist them better.

But, bien sûr, the French Cowboy is writing nonsense here: the interrogation methods described in the memos are not used anymore in this splendid age of Obama, they belong to that “dark and painful chapter” that are the Bush years. Today, on this “bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009”, as National Intelligence Director Blair puts it, we can just sadly shake our heads over the crimes of the past and then lift our gaze and behold the brilliant future that The Great Obama has envisioned for us where we are all college graduates cycling to our job as cleaners of the solar panels installed on the roofs of our local high-speed train terminal where we will not have to take off our shoes and where we earn just our fair share to give the bigger fair share to the government which will give the biggest fair share to good friends and the rest of the fair share to the no more existing poor.

But I digress. The unsurprising reaction by those who couldn’t find a nobler cause than to fight for the (allegedly) real and (numerous and sundry) imaginable rights of terrorists is demanding more from the Obama administration, namely to bring those who have authorised or applied techniques like scaring grownup men with caterpillars ‘to justice.’ And as to the hope Obama voiced that the release of the documents will silence false accusations, it was a bit too optimistic:

A British terror suspect who spent more than two years at Guantanamo Bay, says it’s “the unwritten things, the things that happened in the heat of the moment on the battlefield, that are worrying and will likely never come out.”

Yeah, those unwritten things they did to you on the battlefield. The French Cowboy shudders to think what might have been going on there. Don’t tell me those monsters actually fired at you while you were just throwing a few grenades at them.

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