These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.
Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.
It is as if Giulio Regeni was crucified for us all, but instead of taking away our sins, he exposed the sins of Egypt's and the world's ruling elites.
The reason we are a great society is because we believe in high principles and we conduct ourselves in accordance with our principles. We do not abandon our principles at the first sight of a barbarian. We are perfectly capable of defeating the terrorists without compromising our values.
President Obama's recent visit to Argentina demonstrated two things. First, that when it comes to the tango, he is not a great dancer. And second, while the United States likes to lecture other countries about past sins, it refuses to reflect deeply on its own.
So, after Easter, if we would speak of making our community "great again," we must come to terms with the politics of Easter: to be great requires a deep and liberating humility, a mercy and quiet persistence in meeting others in their distress, an allowance for others to speak and to be heard, a universal proclamation of the goodness of all human beings.
The unwillingness of Trump and Cruz to condemn and move the country away from its past endorsement of torture is yet one more reason why they lack the national security qualifications or understanding to guide this country's military and foreign policies.
Yassin Brunger, University of Leicester March 21 2016 heralded the ...
Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.
On Monday, President Obama will visit Cuba - the first time a U.S. president has traveled there since Calvin Coolidge. It's an important step toward normalizing relations between the two countries, opening up important economic possibilities for Cuba and the potential for U.S. investment and influence there.
In the long run, torture will continue playing a destructive role in Syria, even after the conflict ends, unless Syrian society uniformly condemns it and works to reform current and future practices.
Some have argued that in the post-Iran-deal-era, the EU would prefer to engage Tehran with human rights dialogue rather than adopting aggressive strategies such as public statement or human rights sanctions. Yet, there is not a single piece of evidence to show such engagement.
The Nadeem Center in conjunction with providing psychological treatment for victims of torture, has been one of the most systematic documenters and critics of the practice of torture in Egypt.
As a Republican, I'm sorry. We have failed you, as a party, and as individuals. We didn't see this coming, and we absolutely should have. This is not what I was raised to be a part of, and it embarrasses me to see what our public face has become today.
This reporter was the first journalist allowed to use this protective gear to land the most coveted assignment of all: a few minutes in hell with history's most celebrated madman. Of course I asked the ultimate eminence grise of dictators the question on everyone's mind: What does he think of Donald Trump?
President Obama is still trying to close Guantánamo. And Mohamedou Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary, is still there. Which reminds me, I have a m...