December 15th, 2014
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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. Banasy

    chri§§y says:
    December 16, 2014 at 9:17 am
    S HIT ON MODI

    I AM A HINDOO
    I AM FROM INDIA
    I LOVVVVVVE PAKISTANIAN D IKK
    I EAT PAKISTANIAN S HIT

    TODAY IS RAIPE KAALI MAA DAY
    F UKK MODI DAY IN. INDIA
    S UKK A PAKISTANI D IKK DAY IN INDIA

    :::60% or 420 million men in India think that raiping and burning wife alive for dowry by spraying kerosene and lighting her up is acceptable

    :::20% or 140 million women have been gang raiped in India

    :::There is a raipe every 2 seconds in India

    :::95% of hindus don’t have toilets in India

    ::: 85% of women in India are raiped on train tracks where they go to s hit

    ::: 90% of Hindu women in India prefer Pakistani d ikks. Big and hard.

    ::: 100% of hindu men are muther f ukkers as required by Gita Bhagavad

    December 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      WAIT WAIT WAIT!

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

      Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

      December 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  2. palintwit

    Real torture is being locked in a room full of squeaking balloons and being forced to listen to recordings of Sarah Palin speeches, while dragging your finger nails across a chalk board and chewing on aluminum foil.

    December 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Real torture is being forced to listen to Rock cacophony, Rap, folk songs, and other noises that raise one's consciousness of perceived injustice.

      December 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Ja, I mean...nobody ever claimed that Bruckner and Mahler put food on the tables of hungry children.

        December 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
      • banasy©

        Ha.

        December 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    @ fake banasy at 12:34 I said no such thing EVER! Nor would i.

    December 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Did you hear the one about . .
    . . the baby hinddoou who went to heaven and got his wings? He said, "God! Look! I'm an angel!", and God said, "No you stupid hindoou! You're a bat, now eff off!"

    December 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      LOOK LOOK LOOK! Sick I Dian bashing under stolen names!

      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 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • chrissy

        Go clean your bottoms. Rub it on train tracks.

        December 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
      • banasy©

        Pssst, you fecal fascination is showing.

        Multiple pages of one sick man's urolagnia, coprophagia, and violent rape Oedipus fantasies, posted under stolen names.

        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”?

        Aren't you proud of your sycophants?

        December 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    What the torture report says is that the Americcan system reports American torture.
    I know that doesn't mean anything to Communists, but so what.

    December 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I am invigorated after a really hard day at work. How gratifying it is to live in a free country where I can get a good, new job at the age of 76!

      December 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        You're 76 now?

        Happy Birthday.

        If working at age 76 is your dream, pursue it. Carpe diem, and all.

        December 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Thank you, banasy.
        I hope I never have to stop working. I missed a few years to illness, but that's over.

        December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am |
      • banasy©

        I am glad you have regained your health. You have your goal age to shoot for.

        December 17, 2014 at 10:37 am |
  6. chrissy

    You must be a p imp @Joey. Indian Escort Service. Lol

    December 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Isn't daddy tired of your antics yet?

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

      Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

      December 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Reply
      • chrissy

        Seems like amma ji rectal rehydrated you today rather than bottle feeding.

        December 17, 2014 at 12:35 am |
      • banasy©

        Seems like your rectal obsession hasn't abated.

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

        December 17, 2014 at 10:41 am |
      • rupert

        Yo banasy ya hindoo raypist. get some rectal feeding treatment from CIA.

        December 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
      • banasy©

        Yo, rupert, I'm not Indian nor Hindi.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

        December 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Well, yes...I do pimp on the side, but that doesn't turn much of a profit.
      My primary focus is transubstantuating McDonald's burgers into Alice B. Toklas surprise delights for pubescent young ladies and gentlemen.
      Our place is off the Merritt Parkway, just before you get to Greenwich on the way home from work.

      December 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        Ok. Git back to reality and go hustle some 10 year old girl in Bangalore off the hindoo parkway. Lol

        December 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
      • banasy©

        WHAT THE "FREEDOM FIGHTERS"
        BLUE SAFFRON AND HIS NAME STEALING "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 6:00 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    Use your own freaking name you social devient! And congrats @ Joey! My mother who just turned 84 this month only quit working last year. Sad to say her life has not been the same since leading me to believe that working was the one thing that gave her life meaning!

    December 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Yo, @ chrissy. One of my famous piano teachers, Rudolph Ganz, married his second wife when he was 84.

      December 17, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Yo ma man. betcha he was from india and raypist.

        December 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
      • banasy©

        Betcha never heard of him.

        December 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Betcha that @ banasy knows exactly who he was and in which LSD building he was living with his charming, younger wife.

        December 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
  8. chrissy

    The Khmer Rouge trial and guilty verdict sends a loud and clear message to all those leaders who undertook genocides. Payback time.

    It is time to stand up Modi of India and send him to The Hague to face trial of murders and genocides in Gujarat et al, India ..... committed against the minorities.

    We shall never forget.

    Rectal feed the Modi bast@rd

    December 17, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
  9. chrissy

    The grandmother was a madam at 84.

    December 17, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  10. Blue Saffron☼

    Geriatrics is not the topic of this board nor a narrative on octogenerians.

    Time to put them in assisted housing.

    December 17, 2014 at 5:21 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      If you did that, who would pay off the authorities for your crimes?

      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 17, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        How about starting with ya, ya muther f ukkin hindoozie from Madras curry tiffin.

        December 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
      • banasy©

        Oh, look, another "Blue Saffron" follower stealing my name.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

        December 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
      • chri§§y

        S hit face. Hindoo raypist

        December 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        Don't be so hard on yourself, faux Chrissy. I'm sure you probably tried to stop being a shitface.

        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 6:02 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey, Yo? And i dont think i need to worry about my mother ever getting married again.

    December 17, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Lock her ip into a sterl underwear. They raype 'em in India. You know well.

      December 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Long night rapin. Lol.
        Should have read lock her up into a steel underwear.

        December 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        Oh, look, my name was stolen again.

        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 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Yo, chrissy. I am just so cool now that I'm in training to flip burger at McDonalds.

      December 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        I don't concern myself with grammar no more, but perhaps I omitted am apostrophe in McDonald's.

        December 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
  12. banasy©

    Just back from raypin in Bombay, India. Nice.

    December 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Fresh from stealing my name.

      Get over your Oedipius fantasy. Your mother passed years ago, and would be ashamed of how you turned out.

      December 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Black Betsy

        Your name? You daughter f ukker you are a hindoo rhapist from India. That is your name. RHAPIST. Get it! Now f ukk off.

        December 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
      • banasy©

        Yes. My name.
        I am not from India, and your tiny little obsessive mind knows that.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

        December 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
      • chri§§y

        Shut up f ukk face. We'll tell you who you are.

        December 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
      • banasy©

        Oh, I think not.

        You don't even know who you are; just another DID patient with an identity crisis that is played out here on a daily basis. You are nothing.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

        December 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm |
  13. rupert

    I am a hindoo from India. I eat Pakistani s hit. I s ukk Nawaz Sharif d ikk.
    Modi should be rectally rehydrated.

    December 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  14. rupert

    I am a raypist India person. I use my holy book Ramayana to wipe my pig's a zz.

    December 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  15. Black Betsy

    I am glad you recognize your folly rupert.

    December 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    Ok so now youre stealing Joeys name! Does that make you feel like an even bigger man? Your shame knows no bounds! Smh!

    December 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  17. Blue Saffron and his Many Disciples

    Let us all take a moment in silence to respect those who lives were taken by the bad guys.

    December 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  18. Jack Marshall

    Raiping, chopping heads off and stuffing bodies in wells is the hallmark of hindu culture and form of terrorism that has been in existence for centuries . That is why the entire region is reeling in terrorism for so long. The world needs to address the terrorism emanlating from India
    Hindus and their gods wrote the book and the Standard Operating Procedures on terrorism::;:::

    Lord Shiva is god of destruction in Hinduism. He is a head chopper in chief of India. He even chopped his son Ganesha's head. He is the fabric of Hindu culture.

    December 18, 2014 at 5:41 am | Reply
    • Raju Haldiram

      Yes, we will continue to rhaype in India. Yes, we will continue to support terrorism. That is our business. That is hindu culture. That is hindu religion. None of anyone's business.

      December 18, 2014 at 5:55 am | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    Psssst.... No one is watching. I have a confession.
    Ya know@banasy, Joey, rupert, Philip, Ferhat and I are the same person.

    December 18, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Only inasfar as you steal our names, Adam.

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

      Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

      December 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        Mea Culpa, eh? Suo Moto notice taken.. Another boofalo

        December 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
      • banasy©

        Yes. Your fault.

        I am glad you recognize your folly, faux Chrissy.

        December 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
      • chri§§y

        Really? What would a rhapist from India know. Fox s hit.

        December 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm |
      • banasy©

        Why don't you ask an actual Indian rapist, if you are confused.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?
        When are you going to take responsibility for your own actions?

        Are you you so ashamed of your Jewish-Israeli roots that you have to smear American citizens with by accusing them of your deeply held Indian bigotry?

        December 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
  20. chri§§y

    Lol what a load of crap derpass troll who stold my name above!

    December 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    Yup I be chrissy and many others. Boofalo stop using my name.

    December 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Embrace your feminine side. We know you're submissive.

      December 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        Quit bouncing around, bimbo.

        December 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
      • banasy©

        Quit stealing my name.

        Start acting your chronological age, rather than your emotional age of 11.

        December 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
      • chri§§y

        Shut up i diot. I invented your name

        December 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm |
      • banasy©

        You invented 1000 DID personalities to deal with your deep abiding shame over your Jewish-Israeli ancestry.

        The one thing you cannot claim to own is my name; that would be lying, but you're abundantly aware that is what you inherently are.

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

        Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

        December 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
  22. chri§§y

    You do what you wanna do @Haldiram. More power to you.

    December 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  23. chri§§y

    “I see skies of blue..... clouds of white
    Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world."

    My love for Blue Saffron will always be true.

    December 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  24. Thomas

    Miami Cubans , no more free green cards !

    December 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y

    Barf @ my troll!

    December 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Pregnant?

    December 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Rosey Khambatta

      Probably rhaped in India.

      December 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    Oh puhleeeeze! Lol as if ANYONE would believe thats really me. Youre truly a dumbazz ya know. My name is never in blue and my avatar is ALWAYS turquoise moron.

    December 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Crockett

      I wouldn't even let s luts like from third world s ukk my d ikk even if you paid me.

      December 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        LOOK AT THE WONDERFUL FOLLOWER OF BLUE SAFFRON! ABUSING AMERICAN CITIZENS!

        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 6:04 pm |
  28. Rosey Khambatta

    Who gives two hoots who you are. Go shave your armpits and thread your moustache. Followed by rubbing Shiva's linga in the mandir. Git ya b eetch.

    December 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Crockett

      She also got bad breath eating too much onions in curry. lol. smelly b eetch from India with BO. chrissy the Kalli Maa. LMFAO

      December 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  29. Crockett

    The only sensible, educated and intelligent person on this forum is Blue Saffron. And he is probably done with these forums and started his own blog.

    December 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

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

      Get help. Shutting down these blogs should be secondary to being committed for your crimes. How long is Daddy going to pay off everyone before he decides you aren't worth the trouble?

      Commit yourself.

      December 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  30. chri§§y

    F o c k off @ crockfullofsh!t...everyone knows already that you and BS are the same person. And hannah and rosey palm too!

    December 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      Hey @p issy them hindus f ukkin your k untt up these days in India. After being gang rhayped ya typically see mirages.

      December 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

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

        Seek help. You are profoundly ill.

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

        Ya sick thapist from India go do what you do best. F ukk your muther sister and daughter. And don't come back crying you ain't no hindoo, like a frikkin p u ssy. Ya think ya a yankee? S ukk Ganesha's d ikk.

        December 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
      • banasy©

        Little rupert and his disgusting urolagnia, coprophagia, and violent incestual rape and Oedipus fantasies, abusing United States citizens because of his bigotry.

        You need to have 24 hour, monitored mental health treatment in a secure facility before you seriously hurt someone in your demented, violent state of mind.

        December 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
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