...but Andrew Sullivan has it right here, dead on:
"THE SPIN ON TORTURE: It has gone chronologically something like this: 'It's not true. It's not true. It may be true but it's not torture. Okay, it's torture, but isn't official policy. It may be true and official policy, but we changed the policy and we uncovered the abuses ourselves. It may be true, it may have been widespread, but we've punished the culprits. It may be true, it may have been widespread, it may still be happening, but all these reports are old news.' Well, give these guys points for effort. How about: it is true; it should never have happened; the people responsible for the policy as well as the criminals should be punished. Ah, but that would mean taking responsibility, wouldn't it? And we don't do that in this administration, do we? Even at the expense of hurting the war effort and staining the reputation of countless great soldiers in a noble cause. "This is the crux of the problem with all our actions of the moment, not just the torture hullabaloo. And this is to my mind an inevitable outcome of policy being driven by narrow religious ideology. There is no viable way to take responsibility for outcomes, because that entails the potential for fallibility. And religious absolutism has no room for fallibility.
We are so screwed.