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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Why talking torture helps W

I referred obliquely to this analysis a few posts ago. I found it again at the bottom of my briefcase.

"The Uses of Scare-Talk", from the Economist.

The point of the article is that the more we rail about torture, the more we help George Bush. On "the war on terror", he's popular, and torture is, in the minds of the general public, all about "the war on terror". So, the more we talk about torture, the more we focus attention on an issue that helps Bush: terror.

The politically astute response is not to talk about terror, but to talk about the war in Iraq, on which Bush is simply not credible in the eyes of most Americans.

Yet, somehow, I can't bring myself to stay quiet about torture, about becoming a nation that actually sanctions torturing people with no recourse to the courts.


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