This hadn’t occurred to me, but it fits like a glove:

“The only observation I felt your essay lacked is this: Torture is the tool of the slothful. The main attraction to those who defend the use of torture is how easily and quickly a suspect can be broken. Unlike other forms of interrogation, torture requires only a small amount of training, no particular understanding of the suspect, and scant concern for the veracity of what is revealed. It requires only the willingness to do to another human being what one would not do to an animal. Understanding torture as the lazy personx92s tool makes it a bit more comprehensible why the Bush Administration would be the first in American history to defend the practice.”

The same slothfulness that forced the 9/11 Commission to give this administration a failing grade when it comes to the difficult but thankless task of making the country safer.


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