A snippet from the report of a recent dinner in Washington for European and American diplomats and high ranking military officers:
“”Just cut us some slack,” shot back the US official addressing the dinner when one former [British] general rose to his feet to suggest that holding prisoners for years in Guantanamo Bay, or using secret CIA jails to extract intelligence might be counterproductive. “We are dealing with a different kind of insurgency here,” said the American testily, “and we need to win.”
“I was trying to be helpful,” said the old soldier with studied politeness. “If you would agree, instead of trying to justify the unjustifiable, the US would be a better place.”
A moment of icy tension that revealed a gaping transatlantic split.”
Read more from the BBC’s Bridget Kendall, “From our own Correspondent” HERE.
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