October 27, 2006

Bush & Torture

Be curious to see how much of the Bush Administration's desire not to say categorically that interrogations will be stress-free for terrorists is due to Bush wanting our enemies to fear us. That reputation is a good one to have, much as batters won't crowd the plate against a pitcher they think is wild even if he's not. On the other hand, his mocking of Karla Faye Tucker's appeal for clemency when he was governor of Texas suggests a hardness that isn't completely imaginary.

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