FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
On This Day of the CIA Memo Release, a Polemic
The faux outrage over “torture” during the Bush War on Terror (I refer to it as the “Bush” war because, under Obama, we’re apparently replacing the “Global War on Terror” with the “Multiple-Day Standoff on Man-Caused Disasters”) is no more becoming of the left now than it was two, three, or four years ago.
Co-opting the word “torture” to include methods far less offensive than the majority of interrogation techniques I underwent in military SERE training isn’t a victory for moralists and humanitarians in any form; rather, it’s an Orwellian perversion of a word that once had meaning by those who have spent the last eight years on constant lookout for some greviance to hold against a president whose mere existence they resented.
The sad fact is, by co-opting the word “torture” and using it to describe activities going on at Gitmo, Bagram, and elsewhere, these faux-humanitarians have left us with no word to use to describe those activities which used to be classified as torture, like beheading captives on video, hanging people from meat hooks, drilling out eyeballs, using electric current to cause severe pain and physical damage, and cutting off limbs.
Then again, the fact that there is no longer a word to decribe such barbaric activities as those listed above — every one of which has been used by our enemies in the current Standoff against Man-Caused Disasters — is likely a boon for those who are so outraged at the Bush administration’s actions, since, given all the outrage, wailing, and rending of garments they’ve been driven to over a captive terrorists being kept on their feet for a few hours or deprived of sleep, having any way of describing, speaking about, or comprehending real formerly-known-as-torture would likely cause their heads to simply explode.
Better just not to think about it at all, then, and focus all possible outrage on an administration that, when in office, prevented the homeland from suffering a single man-caused disaster for the final seven years of his presidency, despite an actively subversive opposition. That’ll make everything better.