What constitutes torture is subjective, which is one of the problems with defining what is allowed and what is not in U.S. interrogations of "detainees" at Gitmo and elsewhere. Publicly defining methods also adds to the difficulty as there will always be someone that considers certain methods too harsh.
As per the course, former President Jimmy Carter, rather than do something of benefit for his country is out and about condemning it.
If I want soft serve ice cream I'll go to President Carter the man almost singlehandedly condemned this nation during his presidency to the point that President Bush has needed to act decisively and from outside the box; a box which many are still very comfortable in, Jimmy is one.
Military.com has published an article that in part quotes the former president in an interview he had with CNN:
"Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights. We've said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime."Mr. Carter is speaking of "human rights" as he sees them. Mr. Carter is using his view of what is and what is not "torture." Mr. Carter does his part in abandoning "the basic principle of human rights," each time he goes to some banana republic or terror exporting republic to validate elections. Mr. Carter talks a good talk (for a mistaken fool anyway), but his actions or rather, preferred inactions are what slaps "human rights" in the face. Mr. Carter continues to do this country a disservice; if only he took a page from President Reagan and President Bush following their tenure in office and let the new occupant do what he or she believes appropriate in the challenges faced.
What has so led this man astray from reality and the decisions inherent in living in the real world, especially from the point of view of someone that must make those hard decisions that can be twisted and screamed about from the roof tops? I am not agreeing that the methods enlisted in interrogations are "torture" in the previous statement, but that methods are necessary.
Jimmy Carter failed at his job during his time in office; why does he feel the need to give it everything he has to ensure others make mistakes as well?
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