Just the sort of tool you want to hand to a tyrant
That didn’t work out very well, did it?
“I am going with our leaders and we are going to win with or without.”
Bad for the goose is bad for the gander
“This is going to affect him for probably the rest of his life.”
Democracy in Turkey has failed
“[It’s] not going to make the kind of a difference that a lot of people are thinking.”
“I’m not sure that the experts are going to recommend any form of torture.”
“They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me.”
Paper of record.
“It’s going to look a hell of a lot worse, a hell of a lot deadlier, a hell of a lot more random.”
“Now we’re being held out to dry.”
We are still at war.
Let’s do this
“Take appropriate force protection measures…”
“We tortured some folks,” but you’ll have to trust me.
“[E]ven among Democrats, only 34 percent said torture is never justified.”
Separation of powers.