After President-elect Donald J. Trump insisted during the campaign that “torture works” and promised to bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse,” it was just a matter of time before the former C.I.A. official Jose Rodriguez and the former Air Force psychologist and C.I.A. contractor James Mitchell resurfaced to defend the indefensible.
Starting in the 1980s, Mr. Mitchell helped run a training program designed to give service members a taste of the harsh treatment they could expect as prisoners of war, including a form of simulated drowning used by the Chinese on American airmen during the Korean War.… Seguir leyendo »
In response to Moscow’s slow-motion annexation of Crimea, some have called for the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to place trainers and advisers in Ukraine to act as a “tripwire» against further Russian incursions. The idea is that the risk of setting off a conflict with the West would tame Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expansionism. «That is something the most rabid Soviet expansionist never risked,» writes the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer. «Nor would Putin.»
Actually, Putin himself has twice risked a direct confrontation between NATO and Russian troops in order to defend against what he perceived as the alliance’s encirclement of Russia.… Seguir leyendo »