The CIA vandalized American honor

” . . . but we tortured some folks.”

President Barack Obama, Aug.1.

OK, in the first place: “tortured some folks”? Really?

Was there not something annoyingly breezy in the president’s phrasing last week as he acknowledged the abuse of suspected terrorists in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001? Was there not something offputting in the folksy familiarity of it?

“We tortured some folks.”

What’s next? “He raped a chick”? “They stabbed a dude”?

Granted, it’s a relatively minor point. But to whatever degree phrasing is a window into mindset, the president’s phrasing was jarring. It is, however, what he said next that we are gathered here to discuss.

In other words, we were all scared spitless, so it’s . . . understandable, if not precisely condonable, that the CIA behaved in ways that betrayed our national values. But the president is wrong.

In fairness to him, though, let’s stipulate a few..

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