Inhuman Monsters: ISIS versus Saudi Arabia

Peter Van Buren.  Introduction by b. traven. Introduction (updated): In this article Peter Van Buren ( wemeantwell.com) graphically lays out the physical and philosophical ties between Saudi Arabia, a backward, medieval nation-state and the newly proclaimed medieval “caliphate” of ISIS. There is method to Peter’s “Saudi versus ISIS” approach.  By showing how closely they are related –…

Torture: A Conservative Defense of Bush/Cheney

W.J. Astore About seven years ago, I had an impassioned debate with a conservative friend about whether the U.S. had engaged in torture and, if we had, whether it had been effective.  My position was clear: we had engaged in torture, and it was both wrong and counterproductive.  My friend was unconvinced.  His arguments, which…

The Torture Was the Message

W.J. Astore Leading figures in the Bush Administration — Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz — fancied themselves to be the new Vulcans.  As in Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and the forge, armorer for gods and mortals.  In the aftermath of 9/11, they didn’t look to Darth Vader in their journey…

More on the Torture Report

W.J. Astore Six years ago, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that he had approved waterboarding as one of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Waterboarding had been defined as torture by the U.S. during World War II when the Japanese had employed it (although the U.S. had used the so-called water cure during the Filipino Insurrection…