Watching this clip of the Villagers discussing torture is, well, torture.
Sam Donaldson comes the closest to making any sense at all, but even he has trouble stating the issue succintly: we’re a nation of laws. Period.
Meanwhile, George Will wrings his hands about "the cost" of letting "the bad guys" know what "techniques" we can use on them (you mean criminals willing to blow themselves up to kill unarmed civilians have an advantage in a free and open society? who knew?!), and how "intelligent people of good will" believe the President of the United States can do whatever he wants to "defend the country."
But easily the most vapid and annoying performance was, of course, Nooners:
It’s hard for me to look at a great nation issuing these documents and sending them out to the world and thinking, oh, much good will come of that.
Got that? Nooners doesn’t have a problem with the brutal, illegal, un-American acts of torture committed under Bush/Cheney. She’s just worried about the bad PR.
Memo to Nooners: great nations don’t torture. It’s stuff of petty dictatorships. And memo to Will: those pesky laws that give the "bad guys" such an unfair advantage and restrain the actions of the chief executive are not an annoyance — they’re who we are. They are what make us great.
These wingers say they love this country but they don’t possess even a rudimentary understanding of what makes it so special.