Logic

14 May

President Obama backtracked yesterday on a pledge to release more Abu Ghraib-style photographs of Americans mistreating and torturing detainees. Military leaders urged him to reconsider, arguing that releasing the photographs would make life difficult for American servicepeople who are in harm’s way.

This prompted Josh Marshall to wonder,

If we need to keep evidence of torture, like photographs, secret, to protect our troops, doesn’t that suggest that torture isn’t a great way to keep them or us safe?

4 Responses to “Logic”

  1. Russell May 14, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Just take that to the next logical step and completely pull out of Afghanistan. In fact, take it a little further and don’t ever go to war or defend yourself. If the litmus test ought to be whether or not it enflames the enemy or puts our troops in harm’s way, then what are we left with? We saw how the exercise of free speech caused riots in Northern Europe a few years ago. Perhaps we should give up that practice, too, so we can protect the public from potential harm.

    Yes, war is hell. It’s not very photogenic. Pictures of war and its methods will upset and anger people, but that doesn’t make the methods or fight less necessary. We should never run a war or our national defense by concerns of how it will look in pictures.

  2. shim May 14, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    I’ve asked all along, other than partisan politics, what was the point in releasing these photos anyway? How did their release act in America’s best interest? the fact is as Obama is now realizing…it DOESNT make America safer and there was no point in releasing them. I just wish he would have come to this realization BEFORE potentially putting troops in harms way. Another interesting point the president makes during his flip flop on this issue is that these photos already served their puropse in the investigation of a “small amount of individuals.” He goes on to say “these individuals have been identified and appropriate action has been taken.” Fact is these photos were from 2004 and the “appropriate action” he is referring to was taken by the Bush Administration. Kind of puts a bit of a hole in the theory that Obama has been touting throughout his campaign and his first 100+ days in office that the Bush Administration condoned the rampant use of torture doesn’t it? Response from the left should be interesting on this one…unless of course the mainstream media ignores it and hopes it goes away..

  3. Frankie May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Shim said;

    “Fact is these photos were from 2004 and the “appropriate action” he is referring to was taken by the Bush Administration.”

    The irony in this statement really is mind boggling. I can’t imagine how apoplectic i’d be if i was one of those scapegoats, having to listen now to Dick Cheney running around defending his torture orders.

    Your comment is inane (and inaccurate) on a few other levels, but this is a comment board on a blog so it’s not really worth addressing.

  4. shim May 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    Sorry Frankie but I believe my comments are right on. Dick Cheney may be running around defending the orders but the fact is the people in the photos Obama was talking about were indeed dealt with by the Bush Administration. Please look it up and then come back and tell me where my comments were “inane” and “inaccurate” on a few other levels.

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