Torture and drone assassinations by the American government are major recruiting tools for Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist groups … and they have created many more terrorists than they’ve stopped.
Ironically, a Muslim is largely responsible for both programs.
The New York Times reports:
Perhaps no single C.I.A. officer has been more central to the effort than Michael D’Andrea, a gaunt, chain-smoking convert to Islam who was chief of operations during the birth of the agency’s detention and interrogation program and then, as head of the C.I.A. Counterterrorism Center, became an architect of the targeted killing program. Until last month, when Mr. D’Andrea was quietly shifted to another job, he presided over the growth of C.I.A. drone operations and hundreds of strikes in Pakistan and Yemen during nine years in the position.
Both programs were led by some of the same people.
Mr. D’Andrea was a senior official in the Counterterrorism Center when the agency opened the Salt Pit, a notorious facility in Afghanistan where prisoners were tortured. His counterterrorism officers oversaw the interrogation and waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. His actions are described in the withering Senate Intelligence Committee report about torture that was released late last year, although he was not identified publicly.
In secret meetings on Capitol Hill, Mr. D’Andrea was a forceful advocate for the drone program and won supporters among both Republicans and Democrats.
The drone program has been largely immune from the criticism in Congress that other C.I.A. programs have attracted. In 2009, for example, when it became public that the agency had once hired the private security firm Blackwater to hunt and kill suspected terrorists, a member of Congress called Mr. D’Andrea a “murderer” during a private briefing ….
I presume that , internally, Mr. D’Andrea argued that “targeted” torture and killing of Muslim terrorists would arouse less hostility towards the United States than invasion by the U.S. military.
But Mr. D’Andrea’s tactics have backfired, and caused the ranks of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist groups to swell.