Strange Brouhaha

Friday, November 02, 2007

A not-so-modest proposal (updated)

Is waterboarding torture?

It's a simple yes-no question.

To end the debate, perhaps anyone who thinks that it's no big deal, or who is having trouble deciding, should undergo it. The "technique" could only be stopped when the subject successfully answers this question: "What is the answer?" Nothing but a correct answer will suffice. Not "Okay, I've had enough!" not "Please, God, STOP!" and not "Don't waterboard me, bro!"

Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer are continuing the Senate's betrayal of everything this country is supposed to stand for by not standing up against Mukasey's nomination. There was so much hope just a year ago, and it crumbled so fast. Stupid Democrats. Maybe there really is no difference after all.

Update: Just to clarify, the question really is "What is the answer?" It is not "Is waterboarding torture?" That would be far too easy a question.


  • No, there *is* a difference, in that Democrats aren't *thinking these things up*--what they're doing is assenting to them.

    The question is why.

    I think it's a combination of:

    1) a very fragile, Lieberman-dependent majority

    2) behind-the-scenes intimidation ("And don't even think about telling anyone, because no one will believe you; people are still making fun of Hillary over the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' line")

    3) front-of-the-scenes Beltway-pundit intimidation ("Those Democrats better stop obstructing the President"), and

    3) the unshakable delusion that if they just play nicely and show how reasonable they are, the Republicans will *surely* start responding in kind. And they can store up power for when it "really matters," which they always become convinced is the *next* fight, not this one.

    A bad mix.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:50 AM  

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