For John, BLUF: If we want to lead the world in the values area we need to dial back the EIT and Black Sites. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the web magazine War on the Rocks we have a piece on the issue of Torture, or Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. The headline is "Torture in a Savage War of Peace: Revisiting the Battle of Algiers". Back when I was young, in the 1950s, I must have been a bit of a Franco-phile. I followed the Battle for Dien-Bien Phu on the radio. I knew that French Prime Minister Pierre Mendès France had tried to introduce milk as a suitable drink in France. I followed the return of Charles de Gaulle to lead the French People. And, around 1959, on the recommendation of my Father, I read The Question.
In their article, War on the Rocks provides a reprint of an extract from Historian Alistair Horne's book on the French fight to retain Algeria as part of Metropolitan France, A Savage War of Peace.
Torture, or Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, are wrong. The Bush Administration should not have gone down that rabbit hole. On the other hand, I can understand how there was movement in that direction. Who knew what was going to happen next? The unfolding of events on 9/11 just seemed to go on and on and we had no idea what would happen on 9/12.
I am not one of those calling of prosecutions, but I am one of those calling for us to repudiate those techniques and to return to our previous legal standards. I think former Vice President Chaney is wrong in this area.
I commend to you the article from War on the Rocks. Here again is the link.
Regards — Cliff