The ‘Outsmart and Outhustle’ Frame
Torturing prisoners will not change the fact that the Bush Administration has failed to outsmart and outhustle the terrorists. It will only make a bad situation worse. President Bush’s policy of torture is just the latest in a long list of mistakes by an administration that has failed to be smart and fast enough to protect the American people.
When the United States military outsmarted and outhustled Osama Bin Laden, and trapped him in the caves of Afghanistan–President Bush chose to forfeit that success by using brute strength to destroy Iraq. And he failed. And American is less safe for it.
When homeland security started to outsmart and outhustle terrorists through a series of innovative security measures at airports and in our cities–President Bush chose to abandon that success by setting up a network of secret prisons that use brute strength to torture suspects. And he failed. And America is less safe for it.
When local state authorities try to outsmart and outhustle illegal immigrants crossing into America, and the potential danger than this influx may cause–President Bush chose to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy Americans, forcing vigilante groups to resort to brute strength to protect our borders. And this is failing. And America is less safe for it.
And the list goes on.
Rather than trying to outsmart and outhustle the threats to America, President Bush keeps taking the road to failure–he keeps trying to protect America with the tactics of the dumb brute.
But as every child in America knows, it is Jack who outsmarts the giant, and it is David who slays Goliath. The dumb brute may look menacing in the short run, but he is always brought down.