Not a Valid Reason

Fallout is continuing over the release yesterday of the torture report. Predictably, it is falling along party lines, which is kind of horrific. I mean, if you’re a Republican, do you really want to be on the side of torture, or are you just having a knee-jerk “if the Dems are fer it, I’m agin it!” kind of reaction?

Anyhow, I saw a man on CNN yesterday. I believe he was a former FBI agent. He seemed to believe that the release of this report puts American lives in danger. The implication is that we therefore shouldn’t have released it.

I agree with part of this. It does indeed put American lives at risk. Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, and a number of other countries are now less safe than they were last week. It is not, however, a good reason to have not released the report.

No, instead it’s a good reason to not have tortured anyone in the first place.

But we did, and now we have to pay for that, and it’s a shame that part of that payment is likely to be in blood. I’ll say this, though. The sooner we get trials going and really show the world we’re not going to take this sitting down, the better off everyone will be.


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