From Senate hearings yesterday:

Senator Lindsey Graham: You mean you're not equipped to give a legal opinion as to whether or not Iranian military waterboarding, secret security agents waterboarding downed airmen is a violation of the Geneva Convention?

Brigadier General Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser at Guantanamo Bay: I am not prepared to answer that question, Senator.

I'm not sure the United States would be able to invoke the Geneva Conventions in defense of its own servicemembers any more without universal laughter.

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