Emily makes the case that the release of the so-called CIA Torture Report by Senate Democrats could be good for our soul. She writes, “As a nation, some soul-searching could do us some good.”
Yet somehow I doubt soul-searching is what Senate Democrats intended with the release of the report. Indeed, Emily questions the timing of its release noting it could serve “to distract from other administration shortcomings or to serve as a parting shot by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.”
I would go further than that. The release of the report gives a black eye to the CIA and, by extension, to the Bush Administration and the incoming Republican majority in the Senate. There is something very wrong when Democrats would rather weaken Republicans than weaken al Qaeda. It also says to the world, “See, we’re no better than the terrorists.” And what good will come of it? Does anyone honestly think this report will do anything to restore our values?
When German spies were caught on American soil in August 1942, FDR ordered a secret military tribunal which sentenced the saboteurs to death. I could only imagine the howls of outrage that would bellow from the liberal intelligentsia if we caught al Qaeda or ISIS operatives on American soil (especially if they happened to be American citizens) and saw fit to give to them anything hotter than a cup of cocoa.
Now al Qaeda and ISIS will seek to kill Americans with or without this report. But releasing this report seems nothing more than a self-inflicted wound that will in the long run make us far less able to deal with the entities which seek to destroy us.