I make the argument that why is it smart to disclose to the world, more importantly our enemies and potential enemies, what we will or wont do?
Because it keeps our soldiers safer.
Keep them guessing, let them think the worst. We can let our allies know via back-door diplomatic channels what is really going on.
And when an American soldier has his eyelids removed and acid poured on, his testicles burned off and a hot poker driven up his rectum, he has people like you to thank for setting that standard.
But to announce to the world we will do 'A' and 'B' but not 'C' is just down right foolish in my opinion.
Comparing the treatment of prisoners to military tactics is, at best, an attempt to shift the purpose of the topic.
Treating prisoners of war well, with respect, and making your enemies aware of this, is one of the most brilliant military tactics that we ever learned from World War II. Even a child can comprehend the reasons.First
there is the matter of political will. Supporting a widely-disdained practice - especially those we actually brought people up on war crimes for
saps political will and sabotages the effectiveness of our military.Second
torture is only effective when you know you have two people who are aware of the same bit of information that you are not aware of. It is otherwise useless. In addition, enemies are generally aware of this and structure their cells accordingly, not only for torture but also the third point.Third
a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where prisoners are treated with respect is far more conducive to gaining information. Hanns Scharff was by far the most effective interrogator of World War II, and he never so much as raised his voice
Torture does not gain information. In fact, given Scharff's success, all evidence points to torture actually losing us information, and time.
And if people have confidence that we won't use torture, even given that, then they will likewise be less inclined to take needless risks of themselves or others.
Torture does not work, torture sabotages our political will, torture hinders our ability to gather information, torture endangers our troops. Opposing it is perfectly rational, from all grounds.
Supporting it, misleading people, or hiding our practices regarding the treatment is not just foolish or idiotic in my opinion.
In my opinion, because it hinders our capacity as a nation to defend ourselves on multiple levels,
I consider torture to be an act of treason.
That is my opinion.