How The Debate About Torture Became “Stuck On Stupid”

In order to discuss/debate torture we must first agree on a definition of torture. I think it is a good idea to start with the dictionary.

  1. Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.
  2. An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain.
  3. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense.
  4. Something causing severe pain or anguish.

This definition really brings up some interesting questions if the “Anti-Torture” bill gets passed. Will Democrats have grounds to charge people who vote for Republicans under this bill? Certainly they are suffering excruciating mental pain because George W. Bush is President of the United States.

Seriously, does anyone think that anything we have been accused of doing by our own press fits the definition of torture given above? Not some the liberal definition of torture where if someone’s feelings are hurt they are being tortured, but actual excruciating physical or mental pain? It is laughable to call what happened at Abu Ghraib torture. Do I approve of what happened there? No. Is what they did there torture? No. Were criminal charges against the people who carried out what happened there appropriate? Absolutely.

I refuse to accept the terms of debate that the authors of the anti-torture legislation have set up to ensure their success. If you oppose their bill, you then have to be pro-torture. However, I do not support torture and I do not support their bill. One has to accept a couple of assumptions that I do not accept to believe that this bill is necessary. The first assumption is that we are torturing people now and it has to stop. I have not seen evidence of torture as defined above. I have seen people with hurt feelings, but that is not torture. The other assumption is that our enemies (who will not hesitate using torture, by the way) are not watch us and be more that willing to use this against us. Since one prisoner of war holds more credibility with the Main Stream Media that the entire U. S. Military false accusations will make are soldiers have to worry about being prosecuted for doing their job.

Think of the unintended consequences of the anti-torture bill. It seems to me it would be a lot more convenient to kill enemy combatants that to take the risk of having to defend oneself against false accusations of prisoners of war.

It is quite clear that the politics of defeating George W. Bush is far more important to Democrats and RINO’s than the security of our country and that is why the debate is “Stuck on Stupid.”