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Theater of the Absurd

At some point - with stories like this - you have to ask yourself: are we fighting, or are we dancing?

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors -- and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Let's get a few things straight before the black-and-white crowd can start clamoring about equivalence (moral or otherwise): Getting treated roughly in the course of an apprehension in a combat zone is par for the course. It is NOT tantamount to torture or "enhanced" anything. It is NOT Abu Ghraib all over again. Its COMBAT. The SEALs who rolled him up probably got worse scrapes, cuts and dings executing the mission. Abed might want to familiarize himself with the phrase "soldier(of Allah) up."

The saddest part of this whole ordeal is that that'll be three less SEALs on the job once this debacle is over. War or not, its still a zero defect military. Back in the day, you could get away with actually wanting to fight and kill your adversaries - and recover from a court martial to do great things - but those days are long gone.

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