December 15th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Zakaria: What the torture report says about American system

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By Fareed Zakaria

America was at a disadvantage compared to the Soviet Union, it was said, because it had to operate with its hands tied behind its back, with Congressional interference, media exposure and all the other trappings of a democracy. Moscow, on the other hand, could act speedily, effectively, lethally and in secret.

In fact, the Soviet Union pursued an utterly disastrous foreign policy. It so brutally suppressed its "allies" that by the 1980s, it was encircled by a group of countries in Eastern Europe that had become deeply hostile to it. It pursued an arms race with the United States that by some estimates consumed 10 to 20 percent of its GDP. It invaded Afghanistan and bled itself dry in a war it could not admit it had lost.

All these flaws were the product of a closed system with no checks and balances.

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  1. chri§§y

    ??? Which post are you referencing @ banasy?

    December 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      The one posted in your k untt by Blue Saffron. Lol

      December 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        LOOK AT THE ABUSE BLUE SAFFRON FOLLOWERS HEAP ON AMERICAN CITIZENS!!

        Multiple pages of one sick man's urolagnia, coprophagia, and violent rape incestual and Oedipus fantasies.

        December 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
      • Philip

        S tupid who are you asking to look? Lol. It is you and me a zzhole. And stop changing names. Friggin third world trash.

        December 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        Another name change with another stolen name.

        Your tenuous hold on reality is slipping away....

        WHAT THE "FREEDOM FIGHTERS"
        BLUE SAFFRON AND HIS "FOLLOWERS" ARE UP TO:

        Why aren’t you chastising your name-stealing cohorts for the filthy abuse they are heaping on those whose names have been stolen/insulted when they post in the first place?

        After all, they all worship you. One word from you and they will stop.

        Right?

        Your goal is to “clean up these forums”, correct? Think you can start with your “followers”?

        December 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm |
      • Philip

        In India these rhapists do b hung

        December 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Philip

    @Blue Saffron you were right. Buncha snake charmers polluting our nation. Go away.

    December 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      WAIT WAIT WAIT

      WHAT THE "FREEDOM FIGHTERS"
      BLUE SAFFRON AND HIS "FOLLOWERS" ARE UP TO:

      Why aren’t you chastising your name-stealing cohorts for the filthy abuse they are heaping on those whose names have been stolen/insulted when they post in the first place?

      After all, they all worship you. One word from you and they will stop.

      Right?

      Your goal is to “clean up these forums”, correct? Think you can start with your “followers”?

      December 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Drug addict for sure

      December 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  3. Fairy'd Ziahreah

    The torture report confirms what the world already knew: Americans torture people.

    December 19, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
  4. Ivar E

    Check tweet from @killercurly: https://twitter.com/killercurly/status/745778756590108672?s=09

    June 23, 2016 at 3:35 am | Reply
  5. Ivar E

    Check this tweet from @killercurly!

    June 23, 2016 at 3:37 am | Reply
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