Editorial

Reject vile rhetoric

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ted Cruz promises that if elected, he will use whatever feeble pretext he can find to engage in all out war with Iran. A current TV ad shows images of sailors on their knees with hands behind their heads. Two small U.S. Navy boats accidentally entered Iranian territory and the 11 sailors were taken into custody for a few hours before being sent on their way in the boats they came in.

Cruz shrilly promised that under his presidency, any foreign power that captured American service personnel and forced them to their knees would feel the full force and fury of the U.S.

What are you going to do, Ted, nuke Iran for being impolite?

Another case of deranged rhetoric being used in a campaign ad is one featuring a blustering Marco Rubio promising to send terrorists to the prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, the worlds most expensive prison. He indicated that they would be tortured to reveal whatever they know.

Torture violates the principles America has espoused since its beginning and it motivates our enemies in their struggle against us.

It is also notoriously unreliable. In one case of using information obtained from torture, FBI agents were sent on a wild goose chase to Montana in search of jihadists there.

We need to show the world we are smarter than that.

We need to show the world we are better than that.