Sometimes he gets it so right and so early, it sounds all wrong. But back in May, 2004, when just about the entire world was condemning American soldiers’ conduct in an Iraqi prison – even Monkey Boy was at least officially appalled – Rush Limbaugh had an entirely different take. Set the scene:
Hours before President George W. Bush announced plans to address the Arab world to condemn the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison, Rush Limbaugh justified the U.S. guards’ mistreatment of the Iraqis, stating that they were just “having a good time,” and that their actions served as an “emotional release.”
LIMBAUGH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off? — reported on MediaMatters
He likened the torture of prisoners of war to fraternity hazing, and made the point that it wasn’t about interrogation or military advantage, but rather the healthy release of pent-up emotions on the part of stressed-out American boys and girls. From that standpoint, he says, it wasn’t torture at all.
Now hear this:
The torture of Iraqi detainees at a secret prison in Baghdad was far more systematic and brutal than initially reported, Human Rights Watch reported on Tuesday.
The group said it had interviewed 42 detainees who displayed fresh scars and wounds. Many said they were raped, sodomized with broomsticks and pistol barrels, or forced to engage in sexual acts with one another and their jailers.
All said they were tortured by being hung upside down and then whipped and kicked before being suffocated with a plastic bag. Those who passed out were revived, they said, with electric shocks to their genitals and other parts of their bodies.
“Abu Ghraib was a picnic” compared with the secret prison, said Sheik Abdullah Humedi Ajeel al-Yawar, one of the most influential Sunni Arab tribal leaders in the northern province of Nineveh. – NYTimes.com
Hazing, a picnic, you get the idea. Fun and games. Girls just wanna have fun.
Clearly, if America wants our troops to remain at the top of their game, respected by the entire world (friend and foe alike) for their effectiveness and professionalism, we need to upgrade their torture skills. What’s with the snarling German Shepherds in the cell or the simulated sex acts when you can rape and sodomize? This is the enemy, guys – stop treating them like human beings! Don’t you want to win the world’s respect and earn their loyalty? What are we, French or something?
Reviewing all this, I’m appalled all over again at the way every facet of our culture and way of life seems to have declined during the 8 years of Monkey Boy’s administration. In Iraq, we didn’t even torture our prisoners correctly. Our own allies were doing it better, right across the street!
It just comes down to one basic issue: Do we want to be the best in the world at what we do, or don’t we? Are we going to let self-loathing liberals set our agenda, or are we going to show some real balls and ram pure Americanism down the world’s throat like god intended?
Thank god for seers like Rush Limbaugh, courageously leading us to glory even when we’re too dull and blinded to appreciate it.