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Fox News Talking Head: America Tortures Because “We’re Awesome”

Obama says shocking details in Senate report “belong in the past”

Steve Watson
December 10, 2014

While Republicans are collectively outraged about the release of the Democrat driven Senate CIA torture report, Democrats themselves are clearly unprepared to use the report to take any repercussive action in its wake. All the American people are left with is the horrifying details of what was done by a secret arm of the government in their name.

Mainstream media coverage of the report has, predictably, devolved the issue into yet another political shouting match. No where was this more evident Tuesday than on Fox News programming, where one talking head slammed the move to release the torture report and bizarrely repeated the words “America is awesome” over and over again.

“Analyst” Andrea Tantaros argued that Democrats have resurrected the torture issue for political reasons.

“The Bush administration did what the American public wanted,” Tantaros remarkably claimed. “and that was do whatever it takes to keep us safe. These terror tactics have been stopped because as a country we decided we are better than this,” she said. “It’s not about democracy now. No, no. It’s about politics.”

At that moment, a fuming Tantaros sparring with her exact pointless opposite on the other side of the comfy couch, argued that no one can criticise the US for torturing because “America is awesome.”

“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” she said. “We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”

The comprehensive, in depth analysis from Tantaros continued.

“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again,” she frothed.

She then argued that the release of the torture report was coordinated in an effort to “shame ourself and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries.”

And there the “debate” ended without touching on a modicum of substance, facts or details. It may as well have consisted of Tantaros shouting “USA, USA, USA!” while her useless nemesis wagged a disapproving finger.

The reality of the situation is that the Obama administration is viewing the Senate report as a way of relegating the issue to the dustbin of history. Judging from his own comments, the President clearly has no intention of ever holding anyone at the CIA or elsewhere accountable.

“No nation is perfect. But one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better.” Obama said.

“Rather than another reason to refight old arguments, I hope that today’s report can help us leave these techniques where they belong—in the past. Today is also a reminder that upholding the values we profess doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us stronger and that the United States of America will remain the greatest force for freedom and human dignity that the world has ever known.”

It’s not quite “we are awesome”, but it’s not that far removed from it.

And so, with a lack of any real analysis and debate on what he torture report actually consists of and the significance it should have, Americans have been left to sift through the gory details, many of which have been posted in bite size chunks of 140 characters or less on Twitter.

Here are some of the lowlights:

Of course, much of this and more was already known years ago when the Abu Ghraib Army report [29] was released in 2004. The report confirmed that women and children were raped and sexually tortured. It has been well documented [30] that the same program of CIA interrogation techniques was used at the facility in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay. The CIA, led by General Michael Hayden, then irrefutably lied [31] to Congress on the details of it’s program of “enhanced interrogation.”

Back then the revelations were not part of “old arguments” from the past, as Obama would have it. There was an opportunity to take meaningful action. Of course, nothing was done. Even when Obama took office five years later there was still an opportunity [32] to take action against the perpetrators of the torture program [33], officials at the very top [34] who broke national and international law.

However, the Obama White House merely sought to protect  [35]Bush administration officials and CIA agents from prosecution for torture and sexual abuse. Obama and Holder signed off on granting final immunity [36]to the CIA torturers. As we have discovered, this is because top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are complicit in the illegal torture program [37] because they gave their approval for it to be instituted in the first place.


Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com [38], and Prisonplanet.com [39]. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.