Saturday, February 20, 2010


If an American merely suspected of being a spy were captured in Iran,
if he were then shackled in a stress position for hours on end, if he
were tied to a post in a yard in freezing conditions and regularly
doused with cold water and beaten (as happened under Stanley
McChrystal's Camp Nama in Iraq), if he were slammed against a ply-wood
wall repeatedly by a collar around his neck, if he were strapped to a
waterboard and nearly drowned 183 times, and then confessed that he
was indeed a spy, and was planning to sabotage Iran's nuclear program,
would the New York Times say he was subjected to "enhanced
interrogation techniques" and that his confession roved that those
techniques worked? Would National Review? Would Dick Cheney?

Asks Andrew Sullivan here: