So, in looking at the torture issue, I have a question...
Even if you assume everything the Democrats are claiming is true, and even if you accept as fact that all the way up to President Bush believed in and endorsed actions that constituted torture (I don't believe that, but this is just for the sake of argument):
- Is that really worse than President Franklin Roosevelt ordering the imprisonment (or at least allowing it to happen) of thousands of Japanese-Americans, American Citizens, who had done absolutely nothing wrong, were never charged with a crime, and whose only fault was having the wrong ethnic background?
- Is it really worse than President Truman ordering the atomic bomb to be dropped on Nagasaki, killing approximately 80,000 people, most of them civilians, and most of them from radiation poisining? Oh yeah...our intelligence tells us the Japanese were already planning to surrender when we dropped this second bomb.
Presidents are faced with all kinds of difficult, no-win decisions. Some are right, some are wrong. But to criminalize good-faith attempts to protect the country seems to me to be reckless in the extreme.