By Kyle | January 20, 2013
Over at Hollywood Elsewhere, lefty writer Jeffrey Wells agrees with my Lincoln piece and even calls it “wise.” (Before he read it, he Tweeted that it was a “screed.” Helps to know what you’re talking about, but apology accepted.) There’s a lively discussion in the blogs, much of it along “Kyle Smith is horrible” lines.
Well. I don’t think any procedure that journalists would undertake on a lark, such as waterboarding, can possibly be considered torture. Some disagree. But my position is hardly an extreme one. At the height of the hysteria, in 2009 when Obama was going to clean up all messes, 50 percent of Americans said they approved of waterboarding. I suspect that number will go up after “Zero Dark Thirty” has been widely seen. (Though most Americans said they thought waterboarding to be torture, which strikes me as an untenable position — if I thought it was torture, I wouldn’t condone it.)