Last Sunday, on 60 Minutes, Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, justified torture, euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques”. John Brennan, a Counterterrorism Advisor to the White House, spoke publicly Monday about the use of drones as a wise, efficient and ethical way to kill terrorists, comparing it to the targeting of German and Japanese commanders in WW II.
But since WW II, while we have been in an almost constant state of war, Congress has not declared war. Not once. Yet the Constitution specifically reserves that right to Congress. Somehow it has become acceptable for us to go to war anyway, arguing only over logistics. We invade, bomb, torture, kidnap, detain and kill people we “identify” as terrorists in other sovereign nations, violating international boundaries and laws. And we kill civilians in the process.
These are war crimes plain and simple but many Americans are hypnotized by our own rhetoric, the sanitized Disney version of our history and American Exceptionalism. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King said this country was approaching spiritual death. The statements of Jose Rodriguez and John Brennan indicate that our government is indeed at that point. We are in the presence of true madness, where war is peace, bad is good, and the inmates are running the asylum.