Key McChrystal Success The Result Of No Torture

mcchrystalAndrew Sullivan has been doing good work looking into some troubling aspects of the career of Lt Gen Stanley McChrystal, the new top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Specifically, McChrystal’s oversight of Camp Nama in Iraq, where serious abuses were committed by U.S. troops under his command.

While many of the stories on McChrystal’s recent promotion have mentioned the fact that his special ops team was responsible for finding and killing Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, it’s good to remember that, according to the interrogator responsible for generating the intelligence that led directly to Zarqawi, that information was gotten using traditional interrogation methods and without recourse to the abusive measures that were apparently commonplace in McChrystal’s unit.

Just something to keep in mind the next time you hear some business class Patton banging on about doing “what’s necessary.”