Ask yourself this question: in the days after Abu Ghraib was exposed, did you believe that within a few years, the Congress of the United States would be formally decriminalizing exactly the techniques depicted in many of those photographs - and allowing the president to use his discretion to order them? Now absorb the fact that they are on the verge of doing just that. If this bill is passed, Abu Ghraib will be American policy, and integral across the world to the meaning of America. That's a devastating self-inflicted wound in this war of ideas.
- Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish
LSB: Given this President's proclivity for signing statements that basically say, "Fuck you!" to the legislation he is signing, why would McLain, Graham, Warner and others even entertain a compromise on this torture legislation? They've got to know that what ever deal has been struck with the White House is meaningless.