reede, juuni 11, 2004

Ignoring the Point

Bush on torture:

"What I've authorized is that we stay within U.S. law,'' Bush told reporters at the close of the G-8 summit in Georgia.

Asked whether torture is ever justified, Bush replied, "Look, I'm going to say it one more time. ... The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you.''

Well, okay. But isn't the whole point of the controversy over these memos that you had lawyers investigating ways to construe torture as legal? These memos are an effort to approve of torture without breaking the law, aren't they? That's my understanding. So what the hell is Bush talking about and why should it comfort us?

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