Ah, he has done it again. Yes, I mean da trumpeter, and yes, he opened his mouth again, and yes it came out stupid … again. How could it come out otherwise? If he spoke softly when he uttered his ‘trump-isms’, it might pass relatively unnoticed, but no, he has to YELL to make certain that everybody hears just how stupid he is. Ah well, so much the better, I suppose. The topic this time? Torture.
“What do you think about waterboarding?” Trump asked the crowd. They cheered as he gave his answer: “I like it a lot. I don’t think it’s tough enough.” Waterboarding was banned by the Bush administration in 2006 as both potentially illegal and ineffective. In the past, CIA operatives underwent waterboarding as part of their training. I would suggest, that since Mr. Trump “likes it a lot”, he should have the opportunity to experience it first-hand.
Waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death.
The U.S. used waterboarding as a form of torture, or ‘enhanced interrogation technique’ on detainees suspected of terrorist activities until the Bush administration banned all torture against detainees in 2006. In a nutshell, it is so traumatic to the person being tortured that they will say whatever they believe their torturer wants to hear, thus it is an ineffective means for extracting valid and useful information from prisoners. More importantly, it is illegal in the international community. All nations that are signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture have agreed they are subject to the explicit prohibition on torture under any condition. That includes the United States.
The United States Supreme Court in Sosa v Alvarez-Machain, said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “does not of its own force impose obligations as a matter of international law.” However, the United States has a historical record of regarding waterboarding as a war crime, and has prosecuted individuals for such practice in the past.
In the same speech, Trump uttered another stupid-ism … he compared the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 Pacific-Rim nations, to rape. Now, this one really has me scratching my head. While it is true that the TPP has been the subject of some controversy both in the U.S. and other participating nations, and some economists have cited doubts that there is significant long-term benefit, I fail to see the connection between rape and a trade agreement. The short definition of “rape” is “to seize and take away by force.” There is no logical connection here, and when Donald Trump attempts to make one, he simply reiterates his ignorance, an ignorance that is becoming harder and harder for even his supporters to ignore.
So yes, Donald Trump likes waterboarding … a lot. I would bet half of my life savings that little Donnie also loved torturing frogs and tying kittens in weighted sacks before throwing them in a lake when he was a boy. And Donald Trump has no idea what the word “rape” means, but he understands only that it is an ugly word and thus bandies it about when he wants to put something down. He also, obviously, does not understand the terms of the TPP and has no interest in learning. It is simpler for him to merely compare it to rape. Oh yes, you supporters of Trump … it must be getting harder and harder to justify support of this man who is an embarrassment not only to himself, but to the nation. He is the proverbial ‘pimple on the ass’ of America. The time has come to wake up, remove your heads from the sandpit, and see what sort of scum you have been cheering for.