Wednesday, January 21, 2009

False Choice? Let's have the debate.

A very interesting post from Ross Douthat regarding the "false choice" between safety and ideals mentioned below. He astutely, as always, points out that if you sincerely believe that Bush's interrogation policies have made us safer in very concrete ways, then you should demanding a Truth Commission to absolutely demonstrate that fact. I mean, Cheney said that abandoning current detainee policies "will, in fact, put the nation at risk" These are pretty high stakes then, no? Ticking time bomb and all that. Surely if torture is keeping us safe in our beds at night, then we need to see the evidence and then make the informed and public choice between security and our principles.