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April 02, 2008



For the reasons I articulate here, James, I disagree with your analysis. The move to torture seems to me to be very much of a piece with the underlying rationale for at least the Iraq war, and in any case the Bush administration and its supporters have made it clear that in their view torture is a necessary part of successful military engagement, not something we have to resort to only when conventional military tactics are thwarted. It seems unreasonable to suggest that it's only because the recent wars have been something less than "real" or "total" that we've had to start dunking people.

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But some of it is an extreme queasiness with not only deploying large numbers of troops...
You're right - Bush should've listened when Gen. Shinseki said we'd need several hundred thousand soldiers in Iraq.

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