Without being exposed to so much as a “pull my finger,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta finally confessed the obvious: waterboarding gave the United States the intelligence needed to run Osama bin Laden to ground.
Panetta was discussing the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” on Meet the Press when he dropped the little nugget.
‘In order to put the puzzle of intelligence together that led us to Bin Laden, there were a lot of pieces out there that were a part of that puzzle” Panetta said. “Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used,’ Panetta said.
By “interrogation tactics,” Panetta wasn’t talking about overcooking the lamb or exposing Jihadis to the unfathomable ramblings of the members of “The View” (proving that in some cases the protective provisions of the Geneva Convention should apply even to those who defy it.) No, he’s talking waterboarding.
Sorry Viewsters, but you don’t get “the courier” without the expert application of a couple gallons of dihydrogen oxide under controlled circumstances.
Unlike real forms of torture that leave their victims missing fingernails or entire fingers, suffering battered and bruised limbs, shattered teeth, pierced eardrums – need we go on? – waterboarding leaves its subjects unharmed and in a substantially improved hygienic condition than does actual torture. And, per Panetta, it led to bin Laden.
If Panetta gave up that nugget, consider the possibility of what he didn’t want to say. Might waterboarding have yielded other information that led to other intel that prevented more catastrophes?
Panetta didn’t drop the truth on a whim. He’s hoping that the talk stops with bin Laden.
Cheap Seats is hoping that there’s plenty of water at Guantanamo for the foreseeable future.
Hell, we’ll drink to that.