Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...
dog, You've put yourself into a logical disconnect so dramatic I'm surprised your head hasn't exploded. You're opposed to the waterboarding -- torture -- of a handful of "enemy combatants" (as am I because it's illegal, un-American, and just plain stupid), but you're OK with at least 2,600 people, many of them innocent bystanders, having been blown to pieces by Hellfire missiles in a clandestine operation to kill people who are nowhere near our troops, reside in a country not at war with us, and who have not been tried, let alone convicted of any crime. Assassinate: to injure or destroy unexpectedly and treacherously.
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.
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