A former president of the United States openly champions the use of torture. So much for my sad attempt to get him to atone. To place the full weight of the presidency behind war crimes is sign of where this country is - as is the Congress's refusal to shut the detention and torture camp at Gitmo. This remains a live issue. A future Republican president will almost certainly now embrace torture as integral to American values and law.
The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?