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  • We Should Be Torturing MORE, Not Less

    Somebody has to be the good guy. So says Peggy Noonan this week in the wake of the torture report, a 14 million page accounting of mostly standard, typical, usual, unremarkable methods of forcibly extracting information from an enemy. And isn’t that a word we seem to have forgotten: enemy.

    The concept of an enemy is one of the most basic, primitive understandings possible. It is obvious, and should require no explanation. And yet here we are.

    Because we don’t have them, anymore. There is no evil empire. The modern sensibility, informed heavily by pseudo-leftist pop culture and leftover hippie pretend philosophy has no room for foreign powers with whom we struggle and against whom we fight to the death. The concept is archaic to them. No, there is only one enemy and it is us.

    I don’t mean that in the philosophical sense. I mean us. WeConservatives. We are the enemy. Everyone else is different.

    So the very idea that there is a man in this world who by virtue of having taken up arms against America, gets his deserts when left to listen to Taylor Swift too long or gets a hydraulic colonoscopy, cannot enter into their conscious mind as a truth. Even Bin Laden got privacy for his corpse and (officially anyway) a respectful Muslim burial. Because we are the good guys, the argument goes. Despite the fact that they very clearly will not accept the idea of a bad guy.

    On our televisions every day, and on social media and blogs where unsolicited opinion is the ware we all hawk to an audience of other aspiring hawkers, the “debate” goes on about whether these techniques have been effective, whether they have produced intelligence, and whether they’ve led to any successes. Reports are cited, examples are discussed, and the world’s least effective mediators, TV anchors, proclaim the question unanswered and the practice, therefore, unsupportable. But there is no debate. If the question is “have our enhanced interrogation techniques done any good” then the answer is a resounding and unquestionable “yes, of course.”

    Read more at rabblewriter.com


    Caleb Howe

    Caleb Howe is Senior Fellow of wearing American flag shirts. A Squat Award Winner. He works at The Right Scoop and Lives in Charlotte, NC, United States.

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