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I know I must seem dense to not be getting this, but you seem willing to put up with my stupid questions, so:

(I still don't get it.)

Even if you can take every Al-Qaeda member you catch to Gitmo and indoctrinate them, every one of them through torture, what is the strategic value of this?

(Ignore for a moment the value lost to America's moral standing, just think for a moment of the extraordinary use of intelligent and creative men required to break these prisoners.)

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 04:06:29 PM EST
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Hi Metanone,
It's really not a stupid question.  Remember, we're dealing with the Bush administration.  They are thinking that they have the upperhand from 30 years ago.  So your not understanding is quite normal for logical, thinking persons.  But they think in the cold-war mindset and in today's world, that is obsolete as witnessed by your question.  You are a logical thinking person, they are not, so it is hard to ask real questions.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 04:27:09 PM EST
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They are thinking that they have the upperhand from 30 years ago.

And in their world, Charlie has been pushed back all the way to Outer Mongolia...
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 04:56:43 PM EST
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30 years ago the neocons were sharpening their teeth with an "experiment in competitive threat assessment" called "Team B". They have both feet squarely in fantasy world ever since.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 05:07:12 PM EST
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