Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Supporting Torture, Diminishing the United States

So, apparently the President feels that we cannot win wars in which our strongest claim is that we are better than our enemies without doing things that cast into doubt whether we are actually better than our enemies. That is the message I draw, anyway, from President Bush's decision to veto a law that would have limited the CIA's ability to torture prisoners.

I really do not know what more there is to say. There was a time when the very idea of Americans engaging in such noxious practices inspired outrage. But too many have acquiesced. Does torture make us safer? Does it give us actionable intelligence? We have seen scant cases where either would be the case. in the meantime what we do is diminish ourselves while exposing our own troops to even worse treatment. I would just strongly encourage you all to read every one of the articles in the latest Washington Monthly, which is devoted to advocating stopping these policies. As long as this administration, which has done so much harm and so little good, is in power such cries will represent little more than lamentations. But a better day will come.

1 comment:

Steve Dunkley said...

Very well said, Dcat. It will be no consolation at all that even if the veto had been overidden, such is the apparent contempt of some security agencies for the will of the people, that compulsory, involuntary bathing would still happen. And if it proves inconvenient in this country, vacation spas for more intensive therapy are available overseas (refueling in the UK is apparantly acceptable). How reassuring for us to know that at least 188 of our elected congressmen condone torture.