Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Torture and the Saving of Lives

This sums up my position:

But the critics should do us all a favor: If you're going to talk the talk of righteous indignation, be ready to walk the walk. Be ready to tell Americans exactly what protections you want to give to the terrorists. Be ready to tell Americans that you would prohibit coercive interrogation even if it were the only way of saving a hundred thousand of them.

If you're not ready to do that — because you full well understand that your position is not one even you can defend when the questions get hard — then don't waste our time. Get out of the way of serious people like Judge Gonzales. People who don't pretend to be perfect, who don't claim to have all the answers, and who are not so smug that they think they can afford to take life-and-death options off the table — even as they pray they will never have to use them.

No, I'm not utilitarian, but neither am I self-righteous and blind to the fact that these are not simple choices that should be politicized (and hence, trivialized).

Thankful we have a grown-up in the White House.