Monday, May 11, 2009

Juxtaposition: Episode II

Cheney: Interrogations Torture [ed: there, fixed it] saved lives

Former vice president Dick Cheney insisted that intelligence extracted from tough interrogations of suspected Al-Qaeda militants had saved "perhaps hundreds of thousands" of US lives.

"No regrets. I think it was absolutely the right thing to do," he said on CBS television, arguing that techniques decried by critics as torture were essential to break the resistance of captured extremists.
In reality:
Why Bush’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ Program Failed
US report blames Taliban for civilian deaths

The U.S. said the findings came from a joint U.S.-Afghan investigation. But the country's Interior Ministry and Farah's police chief both said that their delegations were continuing to investigate and that they did not endorse the U.S. report.
American officials have indicated they may never put out a number because those killed in the battle had been buried by the time investigators arrived.
By 'buried' I guess they mean
Truckloads of dead civilians after Afghan battle

Villagers brought truckloads of bodies to the capital of a province in Western Afghanistan on Tuesday to prove that scores of civilians had been killed by U.S. air strikes in a battle with the Taliban.
Yeees, it's all the Taliban's fault that the US invaders used air strikes on an Afghan village.

Don't misunderstand me, the Taliban are religious extremists who have regained control of most of Afghanistan, not thru their military prowess, (after all, it's not like they have planes or SAMs), but by the fact that the US kills more civilians than they do. Indiscriminate bombing will have that affect.

Even the elected President of Afghanistan agrees with me:
In response to recent suggestions by U.S. military officials that the civilian deaths in Farah province might have been staged by the Taliban, Karzai said that an Afghan government team was investigating the incident and that "there was no doubt that the casualties were caused by bombings... and the use of air power."
"We demand an end to these operations... an end to air strikes," Mr Karzai told CNN.

Cross posted at VidiotSpeak