Much of the Conservative pushback on the torture report today has been to argue that the torture was actually much more useful in terms of information gathering than the Senate report concludes. Who gives a cr*p? Are these really the same folks who lecture me about morality for wanting to allow gay men to marry, but are A-OK with torture?
In the rape discussion, those who show skepticism about false stories of rape are considered, unfairly, rape apologists. But these folks I am hearing today are truly torture apologists. It is sickening. If Conservatives were truly just in a Bismarkian blood and iron mode, I guess at least they would be internally consistent. But many of these guys are neo-Conservatives, who are essentially advocating torture as a means to spreading our positive values around the world.
Conservatives, correctly I think, criticized the Obama Administration for blaming the Libyan embassy attack on YouTube video. They argued that he should have been standing up in front of the world and explaining free speech and educating the world on why we don't punish folks for its exercise, even when we disagree with them. All fine, except how does advocating for torture play into this bully pulpit theme?