What happened to the outrage we were supposed to see across the “Muslim world” after the U.S. Senate released its report documenting the CIA’s torture of Muslim prisoners? White House press secretary Josh Earnest had warned us Monday that the release of the report could pose a great risk “to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world.”
And Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, rang the alarm bells by declaring, “Our own intelligence community has assessed that this will cause violence and deaths.”
Perhaps the intelligence about these predicted protests was gathered using enhanced interrogation techniques, which explains why the information was wrong.
Sure, I can understand why some would think that there would be riots once people in Muslim world heard that we had waterboarded, rectally fed, and even killed some Muslims during interrogation. After all, we’ve seen violent protests in the Middle East before in response to actions in the West.
And there were much wider protests later in 2012 after the anti-Islam movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” appeared on YouTube. That video sparked protests in 20 countries, including several deadly ones such as the riot outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, shortly before the deadly attack there that took the lives of four Americans…
It has fallen kind of flat, hasn’t it? It will be used in jihadi propaganda — but will not bring crowds to the streets.