He really is astonishingly predictable. First there was all his chumming up to the Generals, then his whining that cops don’t get a fair shake of it, followed by his threatening Chicago with a militarised federal police action. And now, inevitably, he starts in with the torture fantasies.
There are going to be a lot of hot takes about this, but if you want to save yourself reading them all, you might want to use my metric on who to listen to about waterboarding. Which is this: I don’t give a fuck about anyone’s opinion about waterboarding unless they themselves have experienced it.
Christopher Hitchens experienced waterboarding, and this led him to decide it was torture, and ought not to be permitted. And I agree with his position on that – because he wrote from experience.
So if the mama’s boy currently squatting in the Oval Office wants to change my mind about waterboarding, I have a modest proposal for him.
Put your money where your mouth is, chump. Experience waterboarding for yourself. See how it feels to gasp for breath from repeated simulated drowning.
Then we’ll talk.