Commentary of the Day

Lawrence Kramer, on Peter Wehner:

We Americans like to think of ourselves as people who not only do not torture, but don’t HAVE to torture. Most of us believe, or more important, feel that only the depraved torture needlessly, and only the weak torture out of need. And we prefer not to think of ourselves as either, thank you. And our internal torture-detector does not readily distinguish between the waterboard and the Tucker Telephone. (There’s a difference, and our interrogators are wise to observe it, but the national psyche is not assuaged by it.)