“Fear was no excuse to condone torture.”
Charles Krulak and Joseph Hoar put out a robust critique of former VP Dick Cheney’s revisionist views on torture last Friday in the Miami Herald. I have a lot of admiration for Krulak, and have been following his involvement in the current war debate here and there. I also admire Krulak and Hoar for taking this position; someone with authority really needed to call Cheney out for the misinformation and lies he is propagating. But of the whole piece, this is the part I find most compelling:
On Aug. 24, the United States took an important step toward moral clarity and the rule of law when a special task force recommended that in the future, the Army interrogation manual should be the single standard for all agencies of the U.S. government. The unanimous decision represents an unusual consensus among the defense, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security agencies. Members of the task force had access to every scrap of intelligence, yet they drew the opposite conclusion from Cheney’s. They concluded that far from making us safer, cruelty betrays American values and harms U.S. national security.
Damn straight. Worth the read.