When the chips are down and we’re under duress, our character is tested. Either we’re strong and sensible — sometimes heroic — or we’re weak and crazy, abandoning our values.
The current Republican predicament is revealing for many reasons, but one thing we know for sure is this: in their time of crisis, they’ve become the Torture Party (among other things). I can’t imagine that history will be kind to them for this.
As for Coulter in this video, if the CIA’s torture techniques were nothing more than fraternity hazings or punishments for a small child, how could they possibly be effective? Either they’re fun and games, or they’re harsh enough so as to get detainees to sell-out their cohorts and, as Cheney and Coulter and Scarborough claim, reveal terrorist plots in the 11th hour. They can’t be both.
Adding… Another twisted Coulter and Hannity video here. It’s worth watching simply because it’s so scattershot. In one short video, Coulter calls the techniques “wussy stuff” then later “torture” then compares the techniques to amusement park attractions.
So the techniques they’re telling us are vital to national security — either we do these things or we die — are actually nothing more than a log flume ride? All that stands between us and death at the hands of a terrorist attack is a Fisher-Price toy? By downplaying the harshness of the CIA’s torture techniques, they’re negating their own efficacy argument.