Donald Trump: “Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or had the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump said. “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people.”
“We’re going to get worse and worse. At this point, we cannot allow these people to come into this country, I’m sorry.”
Torture and excluding a billion people from the country because of their religion. Not to be upstaged, we have this from Tailgunner Ted:
Ted Cruz: "We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence," the statement read. "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."
Turning Muslim neighborhoods into something resembling the Warsaw Ghetto. Yeah, that will work.
Now, let us not forget this fact, as reported by the New York Times:
"By most accounts, hundreds of dangerous militants have, indeed, been killed by drones, including some high-ranking Qaeda figures. But for six years, when the heavy cloak of secrecy has occasionally been breached, the results of some strikes have often turned out to be deeply troubling.
Every independent investigation of the strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit. Gradually, it has become clear that when operators in Nevada fire missiles into remote tribal territories on the other side of the world, they often do not know who they are killing, but are making an imperfect best guess...
Even some former Obama administration security officials have expressed serious doubts about the wisdom of the program, given the ire it has ignited overseas and the terrorists who have said they plotted attacks because of drones...
Micah Zenko, a scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and lead author of a 2013 study of drones, said the president’s statement “highlights what we’ve sort of known: that most individuals killed are not on a kill list, and the government does not know their names.”
No one really knows how many civilians have been killed by our drone strikes- attempts to estimate the deaths vary from the hundreds to the thousands. And that does not even begin to consider the estimated one million civilians killed in Iraq during the Bush administration's criminal aggression against that country.
There is no one that would be happier to see ISIS eliminated from the earth than me. But still, we need to remember the gross misproportion between the number of them that we have killed, and the casualty total in incidents like this. Here in the United States, people are perfectly content to just forget about the damage that we have done in the Middle East, but believe me, they have not forgotten about it over there. Well, they do not have F-15s and drones, but they do have people willing to die to avenge what we have done to them.
It is vitally important for us to finally get through our thick skulls that they have a very real reason to feel murderously angry at us, which has nothing to do with religion. When we prove to them that we are ready to abandon our abuse of them for our own benefit, we will have taken the biggest step we can to end this deplorable situation. Well, that may take a while, because in order to prove that, we have to actually abandon our willingness to squander their lives by the thousands to suit our convenience, and that does not seem likely to happen any time soon.