I have to give credit to Andrew Sullivan for sticking to this issue relentlessly. Anti-torture conservatives are important allies on what has to be one of the most vital moral issues facing the West right now. It makes it harder to deflect criticism on the grounds that this is just the whinging of the usual bleeding hearts – even if I think us bleeding hearts are 100% right on this one.
Anyway, today Sullivan quotes Greg Dejerejian on the need to have tough questions posed to both the sitting president and all the candidates about this matter. When is it torture? When is it enhanced interrogation? What is the difference between those two.
I’ll save everyone some time and give you the working definition of the torturephiles: When we do it, it’s enhanced interrogation; when they do it, it’s torture.