Carol Platt Liebau: More on Torture

Thursday, September 21, 2006

More on Torture

Yesterday, my column dealt with the "torture" controversy. Today, Mark Davis makes an important point:

It really is this simple: Even without making them full-fledged beneficiaries of Geneva Conventions rules, we are treating this enemy with a dignity unmatched in the history of warfare. From the dietary and religious favors we bestow to the perpetual reviews of their combatant status, it is specious to argue that we are somehow not generous enough with basic rights. We have released detainees who have later been found back on the battlefield working to kill more Americans.

2 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Without BDS, this wouldn't be much of an issue. Certainly, true abuses occur, but the military is pretty good about dealing with it. No. This is more about putting Bush in an unfavorable light than it is concern for prisoners or even world opinion.

6:18 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

If interrogators are afraid to use aggressive techniques out of fear of being charged criminally under a vague definition of aggressive they will likely not interrogate, hence without the clarification Bush asks the interrogation program will shut itself down, whether Bush shuts it down by formal proclamation or not. Hence it is McCain that wishes to shut the program down.

Had McCain not shot off his mouth the topic would not have gained wheels. As it is the debate starts with the premise, false as it is, that we are torturing people.

If you are a veteran legislator you know this will happen. McCain knew it would happen. He is far from misdirected, his is deliberate obstruction of the war on terrorists.

If we are not allowed to obtain vital intelligence the war on terrorists will shut itself down. McCain knows this. He is far from misdirected, his is deliberate obstruction of the war on terrorists.

10:04 AM  

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