November 15, 2011

COLOR US CONFUSED:

Torture and Exceptionalism (FRANK BRUNI, 11/16/11, NY Times)

If we truly believe ourselves to be exceptional, a model for all the world and an example for all of history, then why would we practice torture? [...]

[O]bama has dispatched more drones than Dick Cheney likely ever fantasized about, including the one that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen never given any trial. He ordered the mission that ended the life of Osama bin Laden. These aren't the actions of a commander in chief apologetic about the use of force. And they're proof that you can be plenty fearsome without whipping out the instruments of torture.

We face difficult decisions and a tricky balancing act when it comes to keeping this country safe, whether from terrorists abroad or criminals coming across the southern border. And there's no doubt we can't be as high-minded as we'd sometimes like. I for one am not losing any sleep over Awlaki.

So it's bad to douse a terrorist but okay to kill him?  Would we really think less of Hitler if he'd water-boarded Jews instead of exterminating them?

Posted by at November 15, 2011 4:10 PM
  

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