What do we even say to this?
The man known for much of his career as “Bush’s brain” has caused a storm of protest by saying that he is proud of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on prisoners by the US and internationally condemned as torture. Karl Rove said that the Administration “broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information”.
In a new memoir of his years as President Bush’s chief political strategist, Mr Rove says that he was not told at the time of the President’s decision to authorise waterboarding — which feels to its victims like drowning — but he defends the move, claims that senior Democrats “were complicit in its use” and denies that it amounts to torture. [...]
Pressed on his personal view of waterboarding, Mr Rove told the BBC: “I’m proud that we kept the world safer than it was, by the use of these techniques. They’re appropriate, they’re in conformity with our international requirements and with US law.”
If we could make the world a safer place by dropping nuclear bombs on random targets in the Mideast, would that make it right--something to be proud of?
If we could make the world a safer place by carrying on a program of genocide against the Islamic peoples of the world, would that make it right--something to be proud of?
Saying we should be proud that the world is "safer" because of waterboarding isn't much different than saying we should be proud that health care is "cheaper" because of all those babies who were aborted before their health care could cost us any real money. We condemn the one without hesitation. So ought we condemn the other.