A great deal has been written about the torture report by people much better and smarter than myself. I feel that I have very little to add. Torture is always wrong, has always been wrong, and will always be wrong. All decent people accept these facts. How could the United States go so wrong? Whatever happened to our moral principles?
That’s the sort of question that needs to get asked at a time like this. Unfortunately, the United States doesn’t do very well at asking questions at the moment. Of course you can pick up any newspaper and read some doofus blathering about the need for “a national conversation” on something or other, or making an urgent demand for “soul searching”. All of which means nothing. Let me take the opportunity to recommend this article: National Conversations Are Worthless:
Luckily there is a little bit of good news from Daniel Larison here:
Fighting back against the claim that an large and growing majority of Americans are okay with torture, he notes that 81% oppose electric shock, at least 58% percent oppose waterboarding, and at least 84% oppose sexual humiliation. It’s easier for a moral weakling to support ‘torture’ in the abstract than to actually approve of specific, horrible actions against our fellow human beings. For those of us who hold the morally right position on this issue, we need to remember this and use it wisely whenever we’re having any sort of discussion of the matter.