Torture is fundamentally evil.
“Waterboarding” — simulated drowning — is torture.
Ergo, Gen. Hayden intends to keep committing fundamentally evil acts if confirmed as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ergo, voting to confirm Gen. Hayden means being complicit in fundamental evil.
Every Senator who voted for the McCain anti-torture amendment and now votes to confirm Gen. Hayden — including, of course, Mr. Straight Talk himself — ought to be asked whether he (or she) meant it the first time, or whether he (or she) merely voted against torture before voting for it.
I’m glad to see that the editorial board of the Washington Post is as angry about this as I am. Hat tip: Matt Yglesias, who comments on BushCo’s “seamless culture of lawlessness.”