"Why the US will lose the war on terror.....
We won't stoop to the level of the terrorists."
As I said, L-188, resorting to 'terrorist' tactics against military prisoners is a violation of international law. Are you saying the Geneva Convention and its specific articles fordidding this sort of treatment of POWs is irrelevant? And let's not lump what's going on in Iraq with the pursuit of Usama Bin Laden, they are separate issues, regardless of what the Administration and Fox News may claim. Yes, you can kill an enemy in battle with extreme prejudice but you can't treat them inhumanely when captured.
"Which is why the only choice is to annhilate them."
Yes, on the battlefield but NOT in the jails, unless they break free and threaten the lives of their captors and other prisoners.
"Well, the way I would do it would probably tick off at least 80% of the remainder."
Well then, I guess it's fortunate you're not in charge of the U.S. military.
"The problem with appologizing for anything is that the Osama's of the world are going to take it as validation of their stances, and confirmation of our weaknesses."
If U.S. actions are WRONG in this regard and it certainly appears they ARE, an apology to the captives, their families and respective nations and to the American people and the rest of the world is absolutely DEMANDED! Worrying about what OBL
and his ilk think is irrelevant if a tremendous injustice has been done, here. If terrible mistakes have been made, they MUST be admitted to, otherwise the U.S. will never be able to justify its presense to the Iraqi people, who increasingly seem to feel one dictatorial regime has been traded for another, or the world. Where does this cavalier mentality of yours come from, anyway? Some of the people in those jails are bound to be innocent, is it okay with you to torture people who might have done nothing? Sounds to be like you're seriously in need of a transplant of some basic human values. Just for the record, I too, think Al Queda should be destroyed, wherever they are but the U.S. and its allies must NEVER stoop to the level of snubbing world standards of conduct in certain matters, even for such a noble goal as that. Notice, though, I'm separating the Iraq situation from that last sentence because that's another matter, ENTIRELY.