Thiessen explains why the Smolensk crash sucks for Poland, but REALLY sucks for America: This weekend, in that same forest, much of Poland’s 21st century intelligentsia was wiped out as well—parti
Some thoughts on what John Yoo will teach his students. Yoo’s constitutional theories regarding presidential power raise some interesting jurisprudential and moral issues. If we assume Yoo isn
Too good:Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture? H/t Serwer.
Acting against better judgment, I just read Cheney’s speech, a masterwork of dishonesty founded on the assertion that torture works, that Americans should be proud of and grateful for an adminis
Michael Gerson asserts that his belief torture is OK as long as Americans do it isn’t “moral relativism.” This man seems deeply confused, although I think it’s more along the l
More than 50 years ago John Rawls wrote a famous essay in which he defended utilitarian theories of punishment from the charge they justified punishing innocent people under certain circumstances. The
Ed Rollins, in the midst of excusing torture, revives the Everything-Was-So-Confusing defense of the previous regime: Things aren’t as simple as they were in the old days, when, for the most par
Always irrelevant to actual defenses of torture. [For the classic explanations, see Henley and Waring.]