Update: apologies to writer Malcom Nance, who I carelessly misrepresented as a SEAL.
Over at the Small Wars Journal, Malcom Nance talks about waterboarding and torture.
I’ve talked – indirectly – about it before, and cited John Boyd, who made the basic point perfectly clearly:
Observations Related To Moral Conflict
No fixed recipes for organization, communications, tactics, leadership, etc.
Wide freedom for subordinates to exercise imagination and initiative – yet harmonize within intent of superior commanders.
Heavy reliance upon moral (human values) instead of material superiority as basis for cohesion and ultimate success.
Commanders must create a bond and breadth of experience based upon trust – not mistrust – for cohesion.
I’ll have more to say about this in the next few days. Amazingly, I think I can tie TNR into it.