Moral Posturing Won't End Torture

To win the war against enemies like Islamic State, we need to know we're better than they are.

The words 'God Help Me' are scrawled on a prison door inside the Abu Ghraib prison.

Photographer: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images

Reading the summary of the just-released report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program is a deeply depressing experience. The accounts of torture in the name of national security are shaming and revolting. They are bound to incline any decent person to the view that torture is wrong, always and everywhere.

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