Monday, November 07, 2005

Phew. What a relief.

It's okay, everybody. No need to get all up in arms. President Bush says, "We don't torture."

And he's made Dick Cheney point man to attempt to exempt the CIA from the "no torture" policy, just in case, in the middle of all this non-torturing, someone in the CIA should actually have a need to torture, they can with impunity. With Dick Cheney at the helm, I'm sure this ship will be steered straight and true, by golly.

Let's set aside the moral objections for the moment (since Republicans seem so free and easy doing that). Torture is a monumentally lousy way of extracting reliable information. If you're twisting my nipple with a pair of pliers, or pulling my toenails out one by one, I'm going to tell you anything you want to hear, whether its true or not. We learned this during the Salem witch trials in the 17th century. (Cheney's almost old enough to remember those, right?)

Then again, this entire post is moot. Because President Bush says, "We don't torture." And when has President Bush ever intentionally misled us?


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