The torture party
At a recent Republican presidential debate a number of the candidates embraced indefinite detentions and the use of torture, to much applause and support of the audience.
In conversations I've had with conservatives, including some family members, the belief in torture and opposition to any requirements concerning the treatment and handling of prisoners abroad seems to be a given, perhaps something that defines support for Bush.
Maybe the impetus behind such a view was expressed earlier, from the School of the Americas to our own prison system in the US. But I can't help but think that Bush's embrace of torture, hasn't somehow coarsened the American people, made us less good.
There is no scandal in this country of having 19,000 Iraqis in prison, most without cause. Or that Romney received applause when he called for doubling Gitmo. This war, like many, have caused us to embrace the unconscionable.
I'm not sure what it will take to turn things around. But I am convinced that any candidate who does not articulate opposition to torture, due process, following the Geneva convention, and the limits of presidential power is not fit to the hold the presidency.