Magazine article The American Conservative

Torture Reform

Magazine article The American Conservative

Torture Reform

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[ETHICS]

The Army's promise to leave no man behind was put to the test as thousands of troops fanned out across the Iraqi countryside searching for three soldiers taken in a May 12 ambush. The enemy's strategy was clear: force Americans into a humbling game of hide-and-seek; rile the locals with house-to-house searches; draw troops off their usual patrols into more easily mined areas.

May 23 brought grim news: Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. had been found, floating in the Euphrates. Reuters reports, "The half-naked body had bullet wounds and bore signs of torture."

Death may have been the most merciful aspect of Private Anzack's ordeal; no one expected tenderness from these terrorists. But neither has the U.S. been willing to foreswear their methods. At the most recent Republican debate, with the exception of John McCain, no candidate was troubled by what the Bush administration calls "enhanced interrogation techniques." "I would tell the people who had to do the interrogation to use every method they could think of," added Rudy Giuliani.

But men who don't make war from behind podiums take a different view. …

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