CIA torture report is just another example of Obama’s gamesmanship

CIA torture report is just another example of Obama’s gamesmanship


CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 10, 2014 — It is becoming more difficult by the day to determine who is more dangerous to the American people: Islamic jihadists or Barack Obama and his gang of merry men and women.

What a wonderful world it would be if the U.S. could go back to the halcyon days when the CIA did its work in the shadows and the world was safer for it; when you could wake up one morning and suddenly Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden were gone and there was nobody around who knew why.

One day they were there and the next — poof! Disappeared without a trace.

What is it in the psyche of the current administration that as they go about their jobs of protecting this country, the welfare of America’s military personnel is less important than the rights of our enemies?

Much as the media want us to believe there was something eventful in the release of a CIA torture report, it was really a non-story, and an old non-story at that.

Fears that the reports of “torture“ will magnify the hatred of global extremists are unfounded. In the Muslim world, hatred is always a top priority. There are no levels of hate that can reach beyond what Islamists already feel for any non-Muslim.

What the release of the CIA report can and probably did do, however, is shift that hatred into a retaliatory mode so that our armed forces must now face the reality of increased potential for violence.

Recently, ISIS beheaded four Christian children who refused to convert to Islam. Hate does not get any more sinister than that. And yet, Congress and the media waste their time debating whether waterboarding or losing sleep is torture.

Writing in a USA Today column, former Senator Bob Kerrey, D-Kan., said, “we are fighting a war that is different than any in our country’s past. In the war against global jihadism, human intelligence and interrogation become … important, and I worry that the partisan nature of this report could make this kind of collection more difficult.“

That was followed by the most telling sentence in the article, “I do not need to read the report to know that the Democratic staff alone wrote it.“

Rare though it may be, Mr. Kerrey made an honest assessment regarding the torture hearings, in the process going against the grain of his fellow democracts.

“When Congress created intelligence committees in the 1970s,“ Kerrey writes, “the purpose was for the people’s representatives to stand above the fray and render balanced judgments about this most sensitive aspect of national security. This committee departed from that high road and slipped into the same partisan mode that most of what happens on Capitol Hill these days.“

Little wonder. It is an easy thing to do when Washington is led by a president without scruples.

Rather than seek ways to preserve and protect the security of the American armed forces and diplomats abroad, President Obama and his cronies would prefer to put them in greater harm’s way for nothing more than political gain. It is yet another example of the contempt and disdain the sitting president has for the people he serves.

Kerrey goes on to write, “Fairness should dictate that the examination of documents alone do not eliminate the need for interviews conducted by the investigators. Isolated emails, memos and transcripts can look much different when there is no context or perspective provided by those who sent, received or recorded them.“

“Context.“ “Perspective.“ Let’s not get overdo things here. Too much “context and perspective“ might result in an abundance of scrutiny, and Obama does not fare well under a microscope.

It is then that Kerrey hammers home his point. “I do not need to read the report in full to know this: We have not been attacked since (9/11/01) and for that I am very grateful.“

Perhaps the United States has not been physically attacked by an event of the magnitude of September 11, 2001, but there have been internal attacks that have also been devastating.

The release of CIA documents this week was just another such incident which can be added to the growing list of attacks that have been made on our country by our politically motivated president.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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