IRAQ AND VIETNAM

Zawahiri is banking on the analogy to bring victory to the Islamo-fascists. Former secretary of defense, Melvin Laird, has other ideas about how to win long-term in the region. I’m with Laird. He’s also candid about the Bush administration’s horrifying embrace of detainee abuse:

For me, the alleged prison scandals reported to have occurred in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and at Guantanamo Bay have been a disturbing reminder of the mistreatment of our own POWs by North Vietnam … The minute we begin to deport prisoners to other nations where they can legally be tortured, when we hold people without charges or trial, when we move prisoners around to avoid the prying inspections of the Red Cross, when prisoners die inexplicably on our watch, we are on a slippery slope toward the inhumanity that we deplore.

Amen.

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