This Washington Post editorial on Michael Mukasey’s “tortured testimony” would sit a whole lot better with me if the Post had taken the same line back during Mukasey’s confirmation hearings. After all, all this was perfectly clear back then — asked directly whether he would condemn torture as torture, he declined to do so. So why are we surprised when, as AG, he refuses to do it?
There’s some kind of weird sense in which to maintain your respectable Village ID card you need to both resolutely oppose torture and oppose all the political steps that might actually put a stop to it. Instead, you’re supposed to have childlike faith that Bush and his henchmen are going to stop it themselves because, after all, they’re sweet and wonderful people. Or something.