Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:45 am

Quote of the Day, torture edition

Filed under: Evil,Hold! Them! Accountable!,I want my country back. — Lex @ 5:45 am

Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post:

Torture is a stain on this nation’s honor that can be bleached away only by full exposure.

To that I would add this: “Full exposure” means not only making the CIA report public in its entirety; that’s a necessary condition but not a sufficient condition.

It also means holding accountable those who were responsible, and I don’t mean some poor E-2 working third-shift guard duty. I mean the people who planned and carried out the torture program: President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the functionaries like Jim Haynes and John Yoo who fabricated the “legal” justification for that for which there is no justification, moral or legal.

And if that means some of them hang, well, I’ve always been tough on crime, so I’ll sleep fine.

In fact, I’ll sleep better.


  1. You are evidently unaware that W. may be a great painter and the world is cheapened by his inability to travel the world and produce great works, lest the ICC clap him in irons and lead him to the gallows.

    Comment by Fec — Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:31 am @ 11:31 am

  2. As I’ve said before: There is a club, and you and I are not in it. (That’s also the thesis of Matt Taibbi’s new book, apparently. I haven’t read it, but I saw him discuss it with Jon Stewart Monday night.)

    Comment by Lex — Friday, April 11, 2014 8:33 am @ 8:33 am

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