Yes, it’s come to this. The Bush Administration officially won’t say whether it would constitute torture if Iran were to waterboard a captured US airman. And no, it’s not just one witness.
On the one hand, I share Lindsay Graham’s disgust.
On the other, this is a gift for the Democratic Presidential nominee, and for every Democrat who wants to take a firm stand against waterboarding, because it makes clear the cost the country pays for not taking a firm stance against torture. In effect, GWB and his clown-show administration have declared our own men and women in uniform as fair game for waterboarding.
Funny, we’ve never been in any doubt about this before. The U.S. has prosecuted waterboarding as torture for more than a century.
Congressional Democrats’ next move seems to me obvious: put forward a resolution declaring the sense of the Congress that waterboarding is torture and that any foreign official who subjects any U.S. servicemember or civilian to waterboarding should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.