May 1, 2009 in Letters

It’s a question of morality

The Spokesman-Review
 

If we lived in an ideal world, we could separate politics and justice. Unfortunately we don’t.

Obama is right in assuming that the pursuit of the torture issue could be very ugly.

So he wants to spend his political capital on the economy and health care. Can we blame him for concentrating on the problems uppermost on people’s minds?

Let the Justice Department start the process. Congress, of course, will want to put in their two cents. Obama can wrap up his first term with this, even if it costs him a second term.

Yes, and let’s pursue even those Democrats in both chambers who pretended not to know about this.

We will never know if vital information could have been secured without “enhanced interrogations,” but we do know we surrendered the moral high ground.

And was our first priority to protect ourselves with the information or to establish a false connection between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein to justify our invasion of Iraq?

The standard is not what works but what is morally right, not just conveniently legal as a reaction to our fears.

Lloyd Brown

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