"When I was in Vietnam, one of the things that sustained us, as we went underwent torture ourselves is the knowledge that if we had our positions reversed and we were the captors, we would not impose that kind of treatment on them," - John McCain, last night.
I hadn't thought of it exactly that way before. Part of what sustains American servicemembers in captivity and subject to torture is the knowledge that they are part of something morally different than the enemy they are fighting. That knowledge is now over, under the command of George W. Bush. How much more of America are we going to sacrifice to defend America? At what point will we have to destroy what's different about America in order to save it?