Last week, Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show at Comedy Central to debate the use of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other high-ranking al Qaeda operatives. During the spirited debate, May asked Stewart whether President Truman’s decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan to end World War II constituted a war crime. Of course the point of May’s question was to illustrate the difficult dilemma the CIA interrogators faced after 9/11 when dealing with extremely dangerous and extremely hostile individuals likely in possession of knowledge of followup attacks on U.S. soil. The point of the question was lost on the snarky Stewart, who glibly responded that yes, President Truman was guilty of a war crime.
The amazing Bill Whittle takes apart Stewart’s foolishness in this factual 16 minute video on The True Story of the Atomic Bomb, courtesy of Pajamas TV.
By the time this video first aired, Stewart had reconsidered his remarks and offered an apology of sorts for his comments about President Truman. However, Stewart did not extend an apology to President Bush or to the CIA agents who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, extracting vital information that helped prevent al Qaeda’s planned second wave attack on the city of Los Angeles. It remains unclear whether Stewart’s brave, brave Sir Robinesque pronouncements on torture represent honest ethical differences of opinion with difficult decisions taken by the Bush Administration or just another example of selective moral fastidiousness and partisan grandstanding to the Bush Derangement Syndrome crowd. Given Stewart’s perfect record of stony silence/ignorance regarding the sufferings of Dr. Oscar Biscet and countless other victims of real torture still languishing in Cuban jails courtesy of the Castro brothers, the answer should be fairly obvious.
George Orwell famously observed: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men everywhere.” As Stewart’s snide comments about President Truman are de rigeur leftist tropes, Whittle’s video is a timely and necessary restatement of the obvious. Bravo Bill.