A reader writes:
With respect to your post on Mark Levin's description of torture techniques opposed by McCain: Note that the definition (from www.m-w.com) contains an element of not just efficacy but also moral merit:
: proved good, desirable, or feasible : shown or known to be worthy <a triedandtrue sales technique>
Desirable, huh? I used to think, in the '80s, that people who supported, e.g., the Argentine Junta did so despite their human rights abuses. Now I think they did so, on some level, because the Junta was manly enough to torture people.
This is now mainstream American conservatism.