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"General Mattis is a strong, highly dignified man. I met with him at length and I asked him that question. I said, 'What do you think of waterboarding?'" the Trump told The New York Times on Tuesday. "He said -- I was surprised -- he said, 'I've never found it to be useful.' He said, 'I've always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.'"
Donald Trump on waterboarding: 'Fight fire with fire'
Trump added, "I'm not saying it changed my mind. Look, we have people that are chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages and we're not allowed to waterboard. But I'll tell you what, I was impressed by that answer."
Torture is a means of terrorism. It is a psy-op performed on the enemy--an instrument of striking fear into the hearts of one's opponents. It is effective toward that end, but useful for little else. Trump not knowing this doesn't surprise me in the least. Stick to your trade deals, Don.
originally posted by: NthOther
A good old fashioned hit of acid might prove more useful as well.
originally posted by: UKTruth
General Mattis meant a couple of beers and a pack of cigarettes for the torturer. It helps relax them as they drive the nails into limbs.