Cal Thomas joins the throng. What I find astonishing is that serious commentators are only now asking the question of the definition of torture. Some don't even seem aware that the definition is in the US legal code and always has been and is extremely clear. Thomas' own reasoning here is shockingly crude and uninformed. it is almost as if many Republicans have not actually wanted to think about this at all.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.