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Saturday, March 25, 2006

The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it.

(a founding member of the elite counter-terrorist unit, Delta Force, and author of the book, "Inside Delta Force," retired Command Sergeant Major Eric Haney, in an interview scheduled to appear in tomorrow's Los Angeles Times...)

comments on iraq...
Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first. The reasons were wrong. The reasons of this administration for taking this nation to war were not what they stated. (Army Gen.) Tommy Franks was brow-beaten and ... pursued warfare that he knew strategically was wrong in the long term. That's why he retired immediately afterward. His own staff could tell him what was going to happen afterward.

We have fomented civil war in Iraq. We have probably fomented internecine war in the Muslim world between the Shias and the Sunnis, and I think Bush may well have started the third world war, all for their own personal policies.

comments on torture...
The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it. It's about vengeance, it's about revenge, or it's about cover-up. You don't gain intelligence that way. Everyone in the world knows that. It's worse than small-minded, and look what it does.

i am not now nor have i ever been a fan of the military but of this i am sure... i have had the privilege to get to know a few sergeants major (i had one for a father-in-law), and have met at least one command sergeant major and they, without a doubt, possess more integrity in their pinkies than 99% of the people on the planet... when they speak, it behooves us all to listen...

(thanks to raw story...)

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