For those who don’t get out much into the real world, but who like to pretend that they are knowledgable about how the world works: Here is what Armchair Generalist, that guy who likes to play at war games, had to say on his pathetic little blog:
“And as for the ridiculous hypotheticals like ‘what if we had bin Laden and he knew where the terrorist nuclear bomb was hidden inside the United States,’ really, people who voice this as a serious argument ought to just be ridiculed.”
Well, here’s a quote from a guy who wasn’t just playing war games, he was fighting in the war on terror.
“[F]ormer CIA Director (and Bill Clinton appointee) George Tenet writes in his memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” about the CIA interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:
“I believe none of these successes [in foiling terrorist plots] would have happened if we had had to treat KSM like a white-collar criminal — read him his Miranda rights and get him a lawyer who surely would have insisted his client simply shut up. In his initial interrogation by CIA officers, KSM was defiant. ‘I’ll talk to you guys,’ he said, ‘after I get to New York and see my lawyer.’ Apparently he thought he would be immediately shipped to the United States and indicted in the Southern District of New York. Had that happened, I am confident that we would have obtained none of the information he had in his head about imminent threats to the American people.”
“Mr. Tenet continues: “From our interrogation of KSM and other senior al Qaeda members . . . we learned many things — not just tactical information leading to the next capture. For example, more than 20 plots had been put in motion by al Qaeda against U.S. infrastructure targets, including communications nodes, nuclear power plants, dams, bridges and tunnels.’”
Who should be ridiculed? You can believe a pathetic little blogger who only plays at war games, or you can believe a guy who actually was in a position of authority over the interrogations. I know where my ridicule is going to be directed…