I think this hits the nail on the head:
Clinton, Clinton, Obama and Schumer. They have all, to a greater or lesser degree, embraced the concept of coercive interrogation (some, even torture — which is unquestionably illegal), and they have all underscored the excruciating complexity of this issue. Somehow, they are fit to lead the Democratic Party but the suitability of Mukasey — who has taken a more measured stance — to be attorney general is in doubt? What am I missing here?
Read the whole thing for background. It puts the lie to the idea that those who we can be sure will vote for these people over any Republican who might be the nominee, are actually taking some kind of principled stand. While I think a responsible debate about what kind of techniques can and should be used in interrogation is necessary, we haven’t had it. I should amend my first statement, this is what really hits the nail on the head:
I dunno. Maybe that the “torture” debate is a political tool, and otherwise unserious?
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