What has been lost in the US bashing

Rich Lowry takes note in The Case for the ‘Torture Memos’ of the problem some seem to have in their reference for measurement.

Rightly considered, the memos should be a source of pride. They represent a nation of laws struggling to defend itself against a savage, lawless enemy while adhering to its legal commitments and norms. Most societies throughout human history wouldn’t have bothered.

Some seem to totally loose any perspective in their moral outrage about torture. Some spin the known facts for political ends. The shame is not in “my country does torture’ but rather in those that redefine torture in order to condemn their country so they can feel shame. It is enough to raise questions about what it is that motivates such constructions to support and rationalize such false shame.

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