The President on Torture

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Just watched the president’s press conference.  (An unusual luxury for me, but I was off work today.)

I’m already seeing a fair bit of grumbling from the left about his answers to the torture questions.  I have to say I don’t get it.  He didn’t knock the ball out of the park, but he did hit a two-out triple.

First, he said unequivocally that waterboarding is torture.  That’s a word he had been studiously avoiding since becoming president.  POTUS using that word has potentially huge consequences.

Second, he pointed out that when you cut corners are something like torture, you “corrode the character of the country.”  That needed saying in a high-profile way.

Third, he pointed out that torture is something you don’t do even if it produces information.  If that makes you somewhat more vulnerable, you suck it up and get on with your own business; you don’t cut and run from your values.  The country must have the courage of its convictions, even when it’s difficult.

Brilliant, if you ask me.

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