Debating Torture

Here's my basic point: how can people talk dispassionately about the merits of the president authorizing torture in 2002 as if it weren't already clearly illegal? We have a prior issue here: can the president act above the law? Is the Constitution suspended in wartime? And when does that suspension end in a war with no defined enemy and no end in sight? I tackle Charles Krauthammer's glib commentary on this point here.