We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the Warron Terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:
American Deaths Since war began (3/19/03): 3849 Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3710 Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3388 Since Handover (6/29/04): 2990 Since Election (1/31/05): 2412
Other Coalition Troops: 304 US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 457
Last night, the tactic of waterboarding was discussed at length by both Keith Olbermann and Dan Abrams. Let's do a brief exercise; it won't take long.
First, read the code (thanks, Raine!):
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 113C > § 2340
As used in this chapter—
1. “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
2. “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
A. the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
B. the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
C. the threat of imminent death; or
D. the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and
3. “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.
Now, watch the video:
Next, answer the question:
Is this torture, yes or no?
And it's worth noting that in all the discussions last night, only Pat Buchanan, the politician in the group, wouldn't give a straight answer. Even Dan called him "insane".