Carly Fiorina Hearts Waterboarding, Thinks It’s Effective In Spite Of All Evidence To The Contrary

In an interview with Yahoo News on Monday, Carly Fiorina expressed her deep love and appreciation for the tactic of waterboarding, which she claimed “kept our nation safe” during the Bush administration.

“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” Fiorina told Yahoo News. “And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.”

Oh, well then, Carly, if you believe these things they must be true!

Fiorina also disparaged the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture report, claiming that the report “undermined the morale of a whole lot of people who dedicated their lives to keeping the country safe.” You know, because their morale is the most important thing. Not the actual effectiveness of waterboarding.

Waterboarding is actually a very ineffective way of getting information. The Senate Intelligence Committee found that not only was torture in general not useful in terms of thwarting even a single terror plot, but that waterboarding was particularly ineffective because people just straight up lied and made things up in order to get it to stop.

It’s not hard to see why Fiorina and others would very much want to believe that things like waterboarding work. Oddly, it’s almost an optimistic belief. They want to believe that it’s that easy to get information from people and stop terrorist plots.

However, on another level, I don’t think it necessarily matters to them that it’s not particularly effective. Because they’re thinking that by not torturing people — by not waterboarding people –we will be perceived as “weak.” It’s the “WE’RE AMERICA. WE DO WHAT WE WANT CAUSE WE’RE BETTER THAN YOU. SUCK IT HATERRRRZ!” school of diplomacy.

Of course, we are talking about a woman who still insists that the “abortion video” she saw was real, when it’s literally not at all real. When she appeared on Meet The Press this weekend, Chuck Todd told her that the people who provided that video even said it was “stock video” and not actually a video of a baby being born mid-abortion and “kept alive” to have its brain harvested. And she continued to insist that it was real and definitely happening all of the time. She is, for all intents and purposes, a completely delusional person with no actual interest in what is and is not true.

[Yahoo]
[Think Progress]