OH REALLY? REALITY IS PERCEPTION. © [SECOND IN A SERIES]
This is a second in a series. I offer the quotes, and you decide. Is this reality or perception?
RUMSFELD REJECTS CALLS TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
On Tuesday, June 14, 2005, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Representative Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke to the press. The two were addressing the issue of Guantanamo Bay Prison. In recent days, many have insisted this camp must be closed.
Representative Hunter [Republican, California] raised a plate of food. He asked reporters to assess the quality of these provisions for themselves. Hunter stated this serving is characteristic of the food detainees at Guantanamo receive. The entrée of lemon-baked fish and oven-fried chicken with rice was beautiful. Fruit and vegetables were also included.
Duncan offered these delicacies as evidence. Life for the interned is delightful; prisoners are being well cared for. Circumstances are good.
Chairman Hunter declared, these items were "purchased for them [the prisoners] by American taxpayers." He added claims of mistreatment are in error.
Representative Hunter continued, "They've [detainees have] never eaten better. They've never been treated better. We don't beat them. We don't touch them." The latter portion of this statement contradicts numerous first-hand reports.
Rumsfeld inserted, "the military spends more per meal for detainees to meet their religious dietary requirements than it spends per rations for U.S. troops."
Please share your thoughts.
My own comment, "How wonderful we Americans are." Oh, really?
Betsy L. Angert Be-Think