Today was the release date of an examination over our interrogation methods since 9-11, and how 'brutal' the method ended up being applied. The Senate is the producer of the report....6,700-pages....of which there is only a 500-page document which is released to the public. The cost for the project? Roughly forty million dollars.
So, my humble opinion:
1. A bunch of senators will tell you what they think, with the majority being Democrats, and you have to base the entire report on this curious fact. Brutally honest, or brutally dishonest? Only you can tell, but you'd have to read the whole 6,700 pages to reach that conclusion.
2. Is there anyone from the whole group who read the whole 6,700 pages? A humble guy would laugh over that question, and already know the answer.
3. Has harsh interrogation ever worked? Before 9-11....the general belief was no. You can question any guy who went through the Air Force intelligence school, and they all would respond that the statistics are against you. What changed with 9-11? It's hard to say. Some folks believed there was a vast amount of information out there with each character they apprehended. Even today, they still believe that. Curiously, the Nazis readily admitted by the end of 1945....heavy-handed interrogation simply didn't produce results like you think.
4. The further use of this report? While the Senators will deny it.....some folks at the EU or UN will ask for the full report, and attempt to prosecute various CIA or military members over the next couple of years. Whether the President or the Senate are willing to turn those folks over to the EU court or some war-crimes court....is unknown. It will simply open up another door, which no one really knows the answer.
5. Why did it take five years? No one can answer this with a straight face. Perhaps someone will bring up Vietnam processes, potential interrogation episodes, and ask for $50 million to go back and write up another 5,000-page document. Or perhaps we can analyze the Tony Noriega episode? Or perhaps we can analyze the Cuban missile crisis? Or perhaps work up the full indepth report over weapons to Syria via the CIA operation in Libya?
I would suggest this....2015 promises to be an extremely interesting year. The Senate will be set to a Republican theme, and you might see various characters brought in to explain what they did in 2011 or 2012....and this pay-back.....will be part of the game.