Thursday, December 13, 2007

Shakedown Cruise

Is anyone else here noticing a large shift in rhetoric regarding the Waterboarding issue, starting at the revelation of the destruction of evidence of these interrogations?

Previously, every effort was made to deny that American facilities were engaged in explicit torture. Presumably, this was because the supporters would rather believe they were on the right side of the law at all times (or, in Bush's case, that he is equivalent to the law).

But now that the torture supporters are all wet, they all started swimming.

Crap. Not good. I was personally hoping these people would drown (in a harmless, simulated fashion, of course).Of course, this is naivete on my part. There was so much momentum to the concept that torture was being used effectively, no amount of propriety was going to stop it. Propriety being the window treatments on an already-established society, and inconsequential at best in a war, perceived or otherwise.

If we're going to start accepting torture, who's the next group that it's going to be used against to advance our safety? Obviously, they'll be Arab or Persian. But beyond that, I don't have much of a guess.

P.S. First Post boobies! (2 points to whoever gets the reference)

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Andrew Sullivan
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