Torture and Iran

Or "Why I Prefer The Carter Administration to The Present One"

And I believe the Carter administration left a lot to be desired, especially in dealing with Iranian religious fanatics.

First, some utilitarian sense on coercive interrogation torture:

(ht: Ed Brayton)

And a long article by Seymour Hersch in the New Yorker about covert activities in Iran. (ht: Thoreau)

The Administration may have been willing to rely on dissident organizations in Iran even when there was reason to believe that the groups had operated against American interests in the past. The use of Baluchi elements, for example, is problematic, Robert Baer, a former C.I.A. clandestine officer who worked for nearly two decades in South Asia and the Middle East, told me. “The Baluchis are Sunni fundamentalists who hate the regime in Tehran, but you can also describe them as Al Qaeda,” Baer told me. “These are guys who cut off the heads of nonbelievers—in this case, it’s Shiite Iranians. The irony is that we’re once again working with Sunni fundamentalists, just as we did in Afghanistan in the nineteen-eighties.” Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is considered one of the leading planners of the September 11th attacks, are Baluchi Sunni fundamentalists.

So let me get this right - the current administration is encouraging Al Queda allies and religious brethren to create political instability in Iran. Most likely by giving them weapons and training them in guerrilla warfare. Or in other words creating Al Qaeda 2.0.

The Bush administration is truly incompetent and evil. Probably not news to anyone.

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Well Al Something 1.0 at Least

It's a myth that we created Al Qaeda 1.0

Lolz at quoting Sy Hearsh as

Lolz at quoting Sy Hearsh as if he's gospel.