I realize that where one stands on an issue sometimes depends upon politics at the time. I KNOW many liberals believe that “torture” is a moral issue and that only people that they consider to be conservative kooks like me thought this way.
“I think there are probably very few people in this [Congressional hearing] room or in America who would say that torture should never, ever be used, particularly if thousands of lives are at stake. Take the hypothetical: if we knew that there was a nuclear bomb hidden in an American city and we believe that some kind of torture, fairly severe maybe, would give us a chance of finding that bomb before it went off, my guess is most Americans and most Senators, maybe all, would do what you have to do. So it’s easy to sit back in the armchair and say that torture can never be used. But when you’re in the fox hole, it’s a very different deal. And I respect, I think we all respect the fact that the President’s in the fox-hole every day. So he can hardly be blamed for asking you, or his White House counsel or the Department of Defense, to figure out when it comes to torture, what the law allows and when the law allows it, and what there is permission to do.” [Answer below the fold.]
Sen. Chuck Schumer (Dem-NY), during a 2004 hearing on the subject of torture.
I don’t mind spirited opposition and healthy debate. What does bug me is all these holier than thou liberals who believe that we can’t even discuss the issue without branding those who believe that waterboarding is not “torture” without calling it “immoral” and “inhuman.”
UPDATE I: Per a recent Gallup Poll it appears that a majority agrees with me that “enhanced interrogation” was necessary at the time. Thank you Americans with common sense.