The Donald doesn’t think that we torture enough

Torture. The Donald doesn’t think we have enough of it. Back in December of 2014 when the Senate Intelligence Committee released their report on the CIA’s use of torture, I wrote a four-part series about why we shouldn’t torture. The most important reason being that it’s against everything that we stand for, everything we believe in, everything we claim to hold dear. The second reason being that it’s not an effective way of collecting information. People being tortured will say anything at all to make it stop. In particular, they will say whatever they believe their captors want to hear.

The Donald, of course, wants to pretend to be a badass. He’s a badder ass than any of you. He’s the baddest ass around and the biggest winner – his four bankruptcies and two failed marriages notwithstanding – and he’s only too happy to tell you what a badass he really is. And “believe him” when he tells you that torture really is effective, because he is, you know, like an expert on this topic. The Mexicans are already offering to build a wall for us.

Now, if you want to read about a badass, read about Louie Zamperini, who ran the mile at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, served as a Lieutenant and Bombardier in the United States Army Air Force, survived a plane crash into the Pacific, drifted for 47 days at sea, and ended up in a Japanese prison camp on one of the Marshall Islands, where he was tortured by prison guard Mutsuhiro “Bird” Watanabe for over two years.

Now that guy was a badass.

Donald Trump? How long do you think he would last in a Japanese prison camp?

The Donald didn’t even have enough guts to take his sorry behind to Vietnam, like so many of his contemporaries.[1]

The sad thing is that there are millions of voters out there falling for this tripe.


[1] Trump was eligible for the draft lottery during the Vietnam War. Although Trump did eventually receive a high selective service lottery number in 1969, he was not drafted earlier because of four student deferments (2-S) while attending college, and one medical deferment of “heel spurs” in both feet. Trump was deemed fit for service after a military medical examination in 1966 and was briefly classified as 1-A by a local draft board shortly before his 1968 medical disqualification.

About a1skeptic

A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
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