Thursday, May 17, 2007

Torture is a sure way to lose wars

"The torture methods that [George] Tenet defends have nurtured the recuperative power of the enemy. This war will be won or lost not on the battlefield but in the minds of potential supporters who have not yet thrown in their lot with the enemy. If we forfeit our values by signaling that they are negotiable in situations of grave or imminent danger, we drive those undecideds into the arms of the enemy. This way lies defeat, and we are well down the road to it." —Generals Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar (via Andrew Sullivan)

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