The man known for much of his career as “Bush’s brain” has caused a storm of protest by saying that he is proud of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on prisoners by the US and internationally condemned as torture. Karl Rove said that the Administration “broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information”.
The first public hint of the programme of CIA rendition flights and coercive interrogations led eventually to terrifying first-person accounts of waterboarding, including that of the British columnist Christopher Hitchens. It felt, he wrote, “as if a huge, wet paw had been suddenly and annihilatingly clamped over my face”.
Anything that causes liberals to froth at the mouth and clamps a huge wet paw over Christopher Hitchens’ face can’t be all bad.