Stephen Soldz posted a Scott Horton article about torture as a talisman of power. The friendliness to torture that has infected the minds of rank and file new conservatives and neoconservatives (torture is an absolute anathema to traditional American conservatives) must be exposed as a morally repugnant concession to authoritarianism. And, that any wing of the conservative movement calling itself Christian can find accommodation with torture is unfathomable to me.
Such crap might fly in nations throughout the Middle East where, apparently, pre-modernism tends to enchant the public mind, but when Americans accept torture as a legitimate instrument of government, we are in deep trouble as a nation. We should be better than that... much better than that.