Thursday, December 08, 2005

Qaeda-Iraq Link U.S. Cited Is Tied to Coercion Claim - New York Times

As if we didn't need more evidence that torture is an unreliable way of obtaining information:
The Bush administration based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda on detailed statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated them to escape harsh treatment, according to current and former government officials.
Between the unreliable information and the damage done to our international standing, it boggles the mind why our fearless leader (well, fearless now, but in the Vietnam era overseas duty apparently wasn't on his list of priorites) pushes this policy via his surrogate: Dark Lord Cheney.

3 comments:

Stalin the Shark said...

On the other hand, this is exactly the information they wanted; so, from Dear Leader's perspective, torture does work.

:-), StS

Reign of Reason said...

StS -- I stand corrected.

As you dryly point out, the goal was to use force to oust Saddam, so -- in a twisted way -- it did work.

Stalin the Shark said...

... which is probably why they're still doing it, when you think about it.

;-), StS