In a November 5 National Review
Online column -- "Waterboarding
Has Its Benefits" -- contributing editor Deroy Murdock wrote that
"[w]aterboarding is something of which every American should be proud...."
Yes -- he said "proud." Proud, because
[t]hough [it's] clearly uncomfortable, waterboarding loosens lips without causing
permanent physical injuries (and unlikely even temporary ones)."
At last: Wife-beaters who prefer phone books over brass knuckles can now go about their business with pride.
Brian Leiter posts Gerard Dworkin's "Is the Rack Torture?" It's a fine bit of satire, and a useful corrective to the pathological agnosticism about waterboarding that continues to be espoused by even "grown up" conservatives. (Strangely, the more they know, the less they know it.)
The WaPo profiles the soldiers of Fort Hunt -- the men charged with interrogating Nazi POWs.
Interesting in its own right for the soldiers' recounting of their interrogation techniques (which included playing chess and buying the prisoner a steak dinner), the article also provides a clear explanation of why this administration has had to resort to...other measures. For, as WWII veteran George Frenkel notes, their strategy involved engaging prisoners in a "battle of the wits."
Apparently, the U.S. military has implemented an "educational" program designed to chip away at the extremist convictions of certain young Iraqi detainees, namely, by inculcating them with more "moderate doctrine[s]." Classes are held at a facility named the "House of Wisdom."
So that no child is left behind, the program includes a battery of tests -- polygraph tests, that is -- to ensure quality learning.
Josh Marshall hates this program. Clearly, he's forgetting that this is a different kind of war.