Ben Carson made the stunning claim that upholding international law by not torturing people is caving to political correctness.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Number one, he said we should bring back those enhanced interrogation techniques, which President Obama discontinued like waterboarding. Do you agree?
CARSON: I agree that there’s no such thing as political correctness when you’re fighting an enemy who wants to destroy you and everything that you have anything to do with. And I’m not one who is real big on telling the enemy what we’re going to do and what we’re not going to do.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you would do that even though many consider waterboarding torture?
CARSON: As I said, I’m not real big on telling them what we would or would not do. I just don’t think that’s a — I don’t see where that accomplishes anything for us.
Ben Carson wants the American people to vote for him, but he isn’t going to tell voters what he is going to do if elected to be the next president. One thing that is apparently clear to Carson though is that the Geneva Conventions and laws that prohibit torture are a form of political correctness.
According to Carson, the very laws that exist against war crimes are a form of political correctness.
A 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report found that torture jeopardized national security, “The CIA, in the conduct of its Detention and Interrogation Program, complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions of other Executive Branch agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the State Department, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The CIA withheld or restricted information relevant to these agencies’ missions and responsibilities, denied access to detainees, and provided inaccurate information on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program to these agencies.”
In other words, torturing people made America less safe. Ben Carson isn’t fit to be president. The fact that he is so willing to embrace violating international law and the commission of war crimes illustrates that Dr. Carson does not belong anywhere near the White House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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