This is a repost of my latest at Post Right at the American Conservative:

I’ve spent many of the last few weeks hearing from many self-described conservatives that waterboarding is not torture. Most are offended I would even suggest such a thing. Bush protected this country. Shut up, Jack.

We can all hope that my next question remains hypothetical, but given the harsh realities of war chances are it won’t. It’s also worth asking this now while this debate is still fresh:

If U.S. soldiers are captured and waterboarded by the enemy, like the soldier currently being held by the Taliban, what might we call this? Nothing? I know what we used to call it. Should Al-Quada, Taliban or other members of similar groups even be tried for it if captured? And if so, on what grounds?


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