December 18, 2014 8:35 am -

[su_right_ad]Tell that to the guy who died after spending a night chained to a freezing floor.

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is urging likely GOP presidential candidates to defend the CIA in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report, telling Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg [Wednesday] that Republicans should emulate Dick Cheney’s recent media tour in defense of the agency’s treatment of detainees.

According to Kristol, CIA detainees didn’t experience “real torture” and merely endured “unpleasant” interrogation that “you recover from and seems to have no lasting effects at all.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Bill Kristol: We Didn’t Torture; It Was Just ‘Unpleasant’ Questioning

  1. edmeyer_able December 18th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    What a great political position; disagree with the Pope but believe torture is a good thing to practice.

  2. Tommy6860 December 18th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    The real torture is that this inhumane POS asshat is still foisted upon us in the media.

  3. Budda December 18th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    By his reasoning a punch in the nose is just an unpleasant push.

    • granpa.usthai December 18th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      so-being punched in the face leaves no lasting effects at all? – but shooting a child defending themselves …

  4. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker December 18th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    To quote Mark Twain: “Denial is more than just a river in Egypt”.

  5. Larry Schmitt December 18th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    How would this guy know? It’s amazing that people in no position to know who was being tortured still have an opinion on it. I guess because we’re “awesome” (Andrea Tantaros said it, so it must be true), we would never torture anyone.

  6. Hirightnow December 18th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Like getting your teeth smashed in with a hammer is “Dental work”, eh Bill?
    You need some dental work, Bill.

  7. whatthe46 December 18th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    “…you recover from and seems to have no lasting effects at all.” unless you died that is.

  8. rg9rts December 18th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hey Bill I’ve got some questions but let me attach the electrodes first

  9. William December 18th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    “Bill Kristol: We Didn’t Torture”. What’s this “we” sh*t Kemo-sabe? You have absolutely no experience, expertise or even any casual acquaintance with torture. You’ve never worn a uniform, walked through the boot camp gas chamber, experienced survival school torture methods or lived outside your thermostat controlled, plastic, spoon fed bubble.
    Just another right wing, non-vet, desk bound, chickenhawk telling real veterans (Like McCain), what torture is all about.

    • Dwendt44 December 18th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Not to mention his horrible record of opinions that fall flat.

    • Suzanne McFly December 18th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Beautifully said 🙂

      • granpa.usthai December 18th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        poetry in public.

  10. Bunya December 18th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Bill Kristol is irrelevant (except only to Fox viewers). He’s like the turdblossom, always wrong and desperate to keep himself in the limelight.
    Why anybody gives him a platform to explain what he knows nothing about, is beyond me. It’s like asking Sarah Palin to explain the mechanics of quantum theory.

    • granpa.usthai December 18th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I’d like it if Sara could just read her teleprompter without lip syncing the words before slurring them. – would be a giant leap forward for the Alaskan alkie.

  11. ExPFCWintergreen December 18th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I love these Harvard-educated, Wingnut Welfare, trust-fund babies talking about “real” torture. The only torture they’ve known is when the brie hasn’t been the right temperature or a bad year of Chateauneuf du Pape is paired with the wrong dish.

  12. fahvel December 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    the filth and evil that oozes from some prominent americans is repulsive. How is it tolerated without very loud repercussions?

  13. burqa December 18th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Kristol must also believe that American pilots taken prisoner during the Korean War were not tortured, either, because we conducted a study of the treatment of those prisoners and that study became the basis of the EIT program of the Bush administration.

    American POWs were separated. Ground troops were subjected to beatings, starvation and worse, but the pilots were set aside for a different treatment, known as “hidden touch” that left no marks on their bodies. They were subjected to stress positions, sleep deprivation, diet manipulation, waterboarding and were treated like animals. At least one of them said it was so bad he would have preferred the other treatment.
    The result of this torture was those pilots were compelled to make false, filmed confessions of conducting biological warfare and mass annihilation of civilians.
    The fact they came back with no visible marks on their bodies confused American intelligence, and the term “brain washing” entered the popular lexicon. Their ill-treatment continued after repatriation to the U.S. The FBI followed them around for years and would quietly go to their employers and ask them if they REALLY wanted to have an employee who had sold us out during the war and had lied about being tortured.
    I have read extensively on the subject and it is disgusting stuff. Nightmare material.
    Kristol needs to be confronted with some of those former POWs.