Saturday, February 24, 2018

You Can’t Handle The Truth!

Posted on September 3, 2009

I have always been a fan of Jack Nicholson. Ever since I watched the movie “The Shining” and the whole “here’s Johnny” scene as he hacks through the door with an axe. I especially liked him as the arrogant Marine Colonel in “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise, and that one girl from G.I. Jane. I thought Jack played the part really well in that movie, almost too well.

One of my most favored scenes from that film is the trial where Col. Jessup is subpoenaed to testify about the transfer of Pvt. Santiago from Guantanamo Bay. How ironic that Guantanamo Bay is mentioned here, but I will get back to that later…

In case you haven’t seen the movie, Col. Jessup (Jack) is on the stand and Lt. Caffey (Tom) is confronted with whether he should go with his gut feeling and question the Colonel about his involvement in the death of a Marine in his command, or let the “high ranking” officer off the hook simply because of his military record and not risk his own career if he is wrong. Well, like in any Tom Cruise movie, he does the most risky maneuver possible (i.e. in a 2G inverted negative dive with a Mig-29) and goes for the glory.

And it is this part of the movie that I get my inspiration for this post. Col. Jessup goes into a 1 minute and 15 second speech on what life is really like in the real world and I would like to recite that speech here:

Col. Jessup: “You want answers?”

Lt. Caffey: “I think I am entitled.”

Col. Jessup: “You want answers?”

Lt. Caffey: “I want the truth!”

Col. Jessup: “You can’t handle the truth.” …and the speech begins

“Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s going to do it? You? You Lt. Weinberg?”

“I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines, you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. And Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall; you need me on that wall.”

“We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man that rises and sleeps under the very blanket of freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand the post.”

“Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!”

It is at this point I would like to stop the quotation from the movie and relate how I think this applies to modern day politics.

You see, in the news the last week has been the word that our new Attorney General is going to “investigate” allegations that the CIA mismanaged the handling and interrogations of “detainees” from the “Overseas Contingency Operation,” as labeled by the new administration, but referred to as the “global war on terror” the last 6 years. Now that the liberal left has their hands on the controls there in Washington D.C., they want to obliterate anything that has to do with the former administration and cast them in the worst possible light in order to appease their supporters?! With this comes the exposure and dissection of the Central Intelligence Agency, whose mission is to find out things from the bad guys in order to keep the good guys (us) safe.

So, even after the current President said he was going to “look forward and not look backward” for the sake of our great nation, his highest ranking prosecutor is digging into the CIA in order to take that evil Vice-President Dick Cheney down, once and for all!

Well, I have a few things to say about this whole witch hunt. First and foremost, I don’t give a damn about how many times some dirty terrorist was waterboarded or how many they did it to. I could care less for the bastards. I know this sounds a little harsh and isn’t in line with the “new order” but believe me, if we didn’t do it to them first, they wouldn’t hesitate doing worse to us. Let me refresh everyone’s memory about the love these people have for us.

Remember poor American contractor Nicholas Berg who went to Iraq to help rebuild the country. He wasn’t a soldier or a contract killer, he was a civilian who took interest in taking part in the rebuilding of a nation and wanted to do his part. What did it get him? Well, in case you have been hiding under a rock for the last 5 years, he had his head chopped off while he was still alive, sitting in front of a camera, by one of these “regular guys” that just needed to hear “we’re sorry” and then be given a big hug. I am sorry that Mr. Berg didn’t think about this before they went to hacking his head off with that machete and then setting it on his back as his body emptied his blood all over the floor. Too bad he didn’t just tell this pig that he was “sorry” for all the things that had gone wrong in his life. Too bad he didn’t have the sense to just reach out and hug this pig. Perhaps then they would have set him free to spread the message that all they needed was some love!

Or how about the American contractor Paul Johnson, Jr. who was decapitated by his captors in June of 2004. Why didn’t he think about just sitting down in a circle with his new friends and singing “We are the world” while drinking green tea? Silly American. All they wanted was to be held.

Or how about Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded in 2002 by his most hospitable captors to leave behind a wife expecting their first child. His unrecognized friend was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who admitted in court that he personally beheaded Mr. Pearl. My heart goes out to Mr. Mohammed since the CIA was so mean to him and waterboarded him so many times without so much as a hug or a lollipop. How dare they? I mean, to make a guy think he is drowning by putting a protective cover over his face before applying water is just plain mean. And I am sure the water wasn’t even brought up to room temperature before it was applied, those animals.

Listen, I have seen what these guys can do, what they have done, and what any of them would do again, given the chance, to any one of us American citizens and I am fairly certain they would pay no attention to what political party you were associated with before they separated your head from your body in the name of Allah. This is what we are up against, folks. These are not nice guys and they would jump at the chance to kill anyone of us in this country simply because of our nationality, our lifestyle, our belief system, etc. It’s an ugly world out there, often more ugly than what we see on the nightly news. These people want to wipe us out, eliminate us from the planet. The CIA has a mission and that mission is to find out who these guys are, what they are planning and try and prevent it before it happens in order to protect you, me, and our families. If they have to shake a few people up and sprinkle a little water on their faces in order to get that information, I am all for it.

The facts are, out of the tens of thousands of prisoners of war, and that’s what they are, prisoners of war and not “detainees,” the CIA exercised advanced interrogation techniques on a handful of them and only three, that’s right, three, were waterboarded. Hell, I think it should be a part of the welcoming package when they get to Gitmo. Who knows what you might learn.

The second point I want to make is that by desecrating the CIA with these senseless witch hunts, we are weakening our country. We are going to inhibit the personnel in charge of keeping us safe for fear he or she may be brought up on charges that they didn’t fluff Mr. Iwana Chopur Headoff’s pillow correctly or his evening tea was too cold. Listen, I don’t believe we should be chopping fingers off or running bamboo splinters under fingernails and if anything like this occurred, they should be brought up on charges. But, I think manipulating their minds is fair game. To make a prisoner think they are drowning when they clearly aren’t should be fair game. To make the guy think you are going to run a drill through his hand if he doesn’t talk should be fair game. To make a guy think you are serious by staging an execution should be fair game. To put a little fear in the guy with the threat of killing his family should be fair game. It’s all mental and not physical and if it keeps my family safe and my country safe, I am all for it. But hey, once the prisoner skins his knee or pees himself, he should get a 15 minute coffee break to regroup, first-aid up, and get back in the game.

This is where I make the correlation with the speech given by Col. Jessup in the movie “A Few Good Men.” We have the luxury of not knowing what they (the CIA) know. Their existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to us, saves lives. We don’t want the truth because deep down in places we don’t talk about at parties, we want them on that wall; we need them on that wall. They have neither the time nor the inclination to explain themselves to a man that rises and sleeps under the very blanket of freedom that they provide and then questions the manner in which they provide it. I am sure they would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand the post.”

“Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!”

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