Thursday 30 April 2009 - Filed under Politics
I can’t think of any other explanation. If you listen to Cheney or the guys at Powerline, the only impression you can be left with is, if torture works, we should use it.
Obama may be criticized for trying to thread the needle on this one. He doesn’t want to start a witch hunt on the previous administration. Yet he wants to end torture for 2 reasons: 1) it’s inhumane and endangers our service-men and -women and damages our reputation abroad; and 2) it is not effective.
The Right is picking on #2 — it IS effective they say. To quote Dick Cheney: so? Lots of illegal and immoral things are effective. The vast majority of us don’t do those things regardless of their efficacy. We prefer to hold our head up high.
So why is the Right taking this position? I guess a pro-torture agenda is consistent with their general policy of government utterly dominated by the military. It also works well with their nation-building agenda and their preemptive military aggression strategy. In fact, I’m surprised that they try to finesse the issue at all! Just come out and say it: if we think you have information we need, we will torture you to get it. Just say it, you pussies.
PS – I found it interesting, in light of my previous post, that the above-linked Powerline post starts by being complimentary towards Obama.
2009-04-30 » lolife