May 2, 2009

"ACQUIESCE" IS A WEISBERGISM:

All the President's Accomplices: How the country acquiesced to Bush's torture policy. (Jacob Weisberg, May 2, 2009, Slate)

The use of torture on suspected terrorists after Sept. 11 has already earned a place in American history's hall of shame, alongside the Alien and Sedition Acts, Japanese internment during World War II, and the excesses of the McCarthy era. Even liberal societies seem to experience these authoritarian spasms from time to time. It is the aftermath of such episodes—what happens when a country comes to its senses—that reveals the most about a nation's character. How do we come to terms with having betrayed our ideals?

Which ideal would require that you allow attacks on innocents to proceed rather than waterboard the guilty? And how can that ideal not conflict with the one that allows you to bomb those same guilty even at the cost of innocent lives? Americans didn't allow either. We chose them because they're consistent with our ideals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 2, 2009 7:47 AM
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