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The Right Answer on How We’re Different

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Former National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Michael Hayden listens during a Reuters CyberSecurity Summit in Washington

Brian Williams, the anchorman of NBC news, confronted former CIA director Michael Hayden on the day the Senate released its report on enhanced interrogation techniques.

“How are we better than our enemies, morally, in light of what we all read about today?” the TV journalist demanded.
General Hayden gave a weak answer that minimized his personal connection to the controversial policies, and insisted that most other nations were worse than the United States. A better answer would have gone to the essence of the struggle between America and radical Islamism.
He could have said—and should have said something like: “Everything we do in fighting terror is designed to protect innocent human life. Everything our enemies do in promoting terror is designed to cause death. Anyone who can’t recognize the profound moral difference between protecting life and promoting death is either a fool, or willfully blind, or probably both.”
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  1. Paul  •  Dec 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I wonder if the outrage would be as great if the whack job was directed
    towards Bush or Obama. This is getting disgustingly depressing. Show the world
    the U.S. can be intimidated. It’s so sad.

  2. Danny Mann  •  Jan 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Mikes response was perfect. I shall borrow it and use it as a weapon of TRUTH.

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