Torture

I wrote a column on torture tonight. I feel very strongly about the issue. Posted below is a letter from Gen. Jack Vessey. To me the quote from Gen. Marshall's book in Gen. Vessey's letter highlights the attitude which we should maintain. It is the traditional American position. And we have blown things badly by abandoning it.

We have faced brutal enemies before. It is a conceit to say that the present threat is more dangerous than were the Nazis or Imperial Japanese. In fact, it is an insult to those who fought the Nazis and Japanese to say that the present enemy is somehow more brutal. Tell that to somebody who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where the Nazis suspended their adherence to the Geneva Conventions and shot helpless prisoners-of-war.