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Proportion

Will Marshall July 23, 2005: “Democrats should also bring a sense of proportion to the prisoner abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.”

Will Marshall September 2007: “We should start by putting our own house in order. That means unequivocally banning torture, closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and junking the ‘Cheney Doctrine,’ which holds that U.S. presidents can make up their own rules for detaining, interrogating, and trying terrorist suspects without regard to domestic or international law.”

Note that back two years ago when Marshall thought liberals were making too big a deal out of what he now thinks should be the next administration’s top priority, he suggested that the reason liberals thought this was such a big deal was that they were unpatriotically busy “ignoring” the crimes of the insurgency in Iraq in a way that betrayed “an anti-American bias.”

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