I can't see how the US decides to harp on people about the fundamental undeniable human rights owed to all life, the importance and sanctity of life (because it is life), and then turns around and figures that torture is appropriate.
Are human rights important or not?
If they are important, then they should always be important, no matter what. If they aren't important, then why all the religious psycho-babble about the sanctity of life when people want to end their own life painlessly due to terminal illness?
Come on folks, figure out what you stand for, then, stand for it. I keep hearing how liberals are moral relativists, but on many important issues it is not liberals that are turning their back on principles.
The issue of human rights is based on a principle. If you believe in that principle, just like if you believe in freedom or democracy, then there are results that you have to accept even if you don't like them.
Sometimes freedom means that people can do things you don't like. Sometimes in a democracy you don't like the leader chosen. When it comes to human rights, sometimes you have to treat someone gentler than you feel they deserve or have treated others.
The thing that makes us better than animals, or better than other regimes, is our ability to rise above our hatred and to control our reactions. If we can't really do that, then we should stop pretending we aren't the same as everyone else on the planet.
It is sad that these principle based issues get broken down into politics and talking points. Politics is very far down below principles. It really is.
So, what, if any, principles do you stand for? If you stand for them, then dammit, stand for them all the time, not just when it is convenient or when it agrees with your chosen party line.
If you can't do that, then don't even bother to call yourself a man, T or not. If you don't have principles you are just an emotion driven animal.
Oh yes, the obligatory dig, it is clear that the current administration is a pack of animals, with no adherence to principles even though they do regularly claim their importance.
Proceed to flame me at will, I am rather used to it and I am wearing asbestos -- but it isn't doing well for my lungs I do have to admit.