Mark Hemingway argues that our use of waterboarding was much more civilized than that of the Japanese soldier we prosecuted for war crimes: after all, we placed cellophane or cloth over the prisoner's face. A.L. responds:

...the Republican party has allowed itself to become a party of torture apologists. This is the kind of "analysis" that used to spill forth from the politburos of our communist enemies. It's really rather shocking to me that there aren't more conservatives out there who are embarrassed by this, that movement conservatives are so invested in protecting the reputation of the Bush administration that they're willing sign their names to this kind of morally bankrupt rationalization. It's beyond sad.

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