Yesterday on "Fox and Friends", the weather guy, Steve Doocy, commenting on a story about an American al Qaeda member captured in Pakistan, said that it was good news that this person was captured in Pakistan, where they can use "enhanced" interrogation techniques.
I think Mr Doocy is wrong on a couple of counts, and sent him an EMail saying so.
First off, "enhanced" interrogation techniques are not as effective as straight interrogation, where questions are asked and answered checked. This even works across cultures, as American interrogators learned in Viet-nam and Iraq.
Secondly, to have a national policy of eschewing enhanced interrogation and then to cheer someone being in the hands of those who use such techniques is hypocrisy (and this is even if you disagree with the current US rules). This hypocrisy is seen by others and is thus detrimental to our public diplomacy efforts.
That second point made, Pakistan is a sovereign nation and if they captured this person on their territory and kept him for themselves, then they get to use whatever technique they wish. That is what sovereignty means.
But, we shouldn't be cheering it. I expect better of Fox.
It was 24 hours ago that I sent Mr Doocy an EMail and I am still looking for an answer.
Regards — Cliff
11 months ago