General Petraeus Denounces Torture

Via the Washington Post:

The top U.S. commander in Iraq admonished his troops regarding the results of an Army survey that found that many U.S military personnel there are willing to tolerate some torture of suspects and unwilling to report abuse by comrades.

"This fight depends on securing the population, which must understand that we -- not our enemies -- occupy the moral high ground," Army Gen. David H. Petraeus wrote in an open letter dated May 10 and posted on a military Web site.

He rejected the argument that torture is sometimes needed to quickly obtain crucial information. "Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they also are frequently neither useful nor necessary," he stated.

Why doesn't the GOP support the troops?

The White House and GOP members of Congress say they've reached some level of compromise to break the deadlock over detainee treatment legislation. The deal, however, does not appear to solve a key disagreement over the use of classified information in terror prosecutions.

White House adviser Steven Hadley called the deal struck between the White House and three conservative GOP senators a "framework of agreement," while Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) called it a “conceptual agreement.” Nothing has been signed, however, and no specifics have been confirmed.

What a concept! The USA abusing prisoners with torture is wrong, and it hurts our soldiers if they are captured. Blame the Republican controlled White House, House, Senate, the DoJ idiots like Gonzales that advocated skirting the Geneva Conventions, and all of the far right wingnut children in the blogosphere that cheered on the GOP's failed policy of torture.

Impeach the traitors.

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