Friday, September 15

Maybe a chat with Robert Novak...

All day, whenever thinking about Maverick McCain, a certain thought kept dancing through my head, and when I perused Taranto's Best of the Web, I found it there very well articulated.

If the restrictions on interrogations that Powell and McCain
advocate result in another 9/11, then they will have sacrificed the lives of women and children in order to protect soldiers. Isn't it supposed to be the other way

Yes, James, it is supposed to be the other way around. One can only hope that the House version of the bill prevails in the committee and that the President holds firm. We need to be able to use some more coercive methods to gleam information from these terrorists... we can't expect them to be as chatty as Richard Armitage (though that is an entirely different post)... or we will have to be willing to suffer the consequences.

Of course, I do not think that we should give carte blanche to our interrogators, because getting truly medieval is a bit too much to ask of them, but there are some effective methods of interrogation that mean making the guests at Club Gitmo a little uncomfortable. We do owe our interrogators a set of guidelines as to how far they can push the envelope while we protect them from being subject to prosecution our lawsuit themselves.

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