Torture.  That’s the new buzz word in the media these days. Apparently some think that the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency hasn’t been playing nicely with others on the playground. After an act of war against the United States on September 11, 2001, members of the CIA used techniques that some are calling “torture” to get information about possible future attacks and atrocities against the American people.

No, they didn’t behead anybody. They didn’t pull fingernails off one by one or even drill holes in somebody’s teeth to get sensitive information.

The techniques mentioned in the report included stripping people from the waist down and making them run around naked, sticking things up men’s rectums, and water boarding. Meanwhile, American men and women are jumping 100 floors from the twin towers to die suddenly rather than burn to death.

Actually, I use these same techniques every day in my medical office.  I make women strip down to perform a pelvic exam and Pap smear. I subject men to bending over while I do a digital rectal exam to check their prostates. And I send patients to the Otolaryngologist to have their sinuses flushed. And admittedly, some of my patients think I’m torturing them.

But let’s get real here. Personally, I don’t care what the CIA did to get information to save American lives. Torture our enemies all you want. Every kid on the playground eventually learns that the only answer to the bully is to beat the hell out of him. The bullying won’t stop until that happens. Trying to befriend national enemies is just what President Jimmy Carter tried to do. It doesn’t work–ever!