No Clarity On Torture: The Company We Keep

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Naturally, it's pure clowning for Dana Perino to stand before the press, as she did earlier today, and pretend that somehow, our enemies are not aware that we are employing tactics and techniques that contravene the Geneva Conventions and international law--as if the White House's ongoing series of winks and nudges and denials present some sort of uncrackable code. The pretense is necessary so that the administration never has to answer to the fact that our torture policy is ineffective, illegal, and, most importantly, certain to place Americans in danger.

Across town, earlier this morning, this took on a new, insane dimension, as Lindsay Graham questioned Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann on the same issue:

GRAHAM: You mean you're not equipped to give a legal opinion as to whether or not Iranian military waterboarding, secret security agents waterboarding downed airmen is a violation of the Geneva Convention?

HARTMANN: I am not prepared to answer that question, Senator.

Did you ever imagine, in a million years, that covering the President's ass on this issue would require a member of our very own armed services to extend the same privilege to Iran? Well, now you don't have to!

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