Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On the torture issue, Bush and Obama, Republicans and Democrats, couldn't be more different.

The Bush administration violated international human-rights law forbidding torture and ignored decades of evidence that torture doesn't work. They lowered America's standing in the world and promoted terrorism by engaging in torture. Now Republicans are still defending the Bush administration torture program (with the notable exception of John McCain, an actual victim of torture).

On the other hand, President Obama immediately banned torture when he took office.

When people naively say Republicans and Democrats, Bush and Obama, are "all the same," they're ignoring mountains of evidence and enabling Republicans to continue rejecting bedrock American values.


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