Andrew Sullivan on Bush’s Torture Regime—and the Judgment of History

Andrew Sullivan wants a full process of discovery with regard to George Bush’s detainee torture policies, and offers a summary of some of what we already do know:

[A]s the era of the dark side recedes a little, my sense of the looming reality is as follows. The men who ordered a man tied to a chair, doused in water, and chilled to hypothermia so intense he had to be rushed to emergency medical care, the men who presided over at least two dozen and at most a hundred prisoners tortured to death, the men who ordered an American servicewoman to smear fake menstrual blood over a Muslim’s face in order to win a war against Jihadism, the men who ordered innocents stripped naked, sexually abused, terrified by dogs, or cast into darkness with no possibility of a future, and did all this in the name of the Constitution of the United States, the men who gave the signal in wartime that there were no limits to what could be done to prisoners of war and reaped a whirlwind of abuse and torture that will haunt American servicemembers for decades: these men will earn the judgment of history.

Sullivan’s whirlwind of rhetoric is powerful here, but we need more than a good sass.

We need justice.

President Obama and Congress need to get to the bottom of all of these shameful incidents, and seek prosecution for those who violated the law.

Sullivan knows that, and says it here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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