It has entered American lore that General David Petraeus is among the great military leaders this nation has known. He marshalled his forces to defeat at least 20,000 Muslim insurgents-who lacked tanks, heavy weapons, artillerty or planes. His famous “surge” supposedly ended violence in Iraq. Of course violence continues today. A new report indicates that Colonel James Steele, who worked in Central America training members of the military to torture people, was sent to Iraq to work with General Petraeus. According to Steele, he was the “eyes and ears out on the ground in Iraq” for Petraeus. Colonel James Coffman worked with Steele.
General Muntadher al-Samari worked with Steele and Coffman and now claims: “they knew everything that was going on there…the torture, the most horrible kinds of torture.” According to the Guardian, each detention center had an interrogation committee which used all means of torture to make the detainee confesss like using electricity or hanging him upside down, pulling out their nails and beating them on sensitive parts of the body.
Yes, General Petraeus, you are a great hero, but not in the form of ability of great American generals who won battles against brilliant armies. And, they did not resort to torture.