President Obama said today that Republican presidential candidates are “wrong” to defend the practice of waterboarding, which he said is torture.The President also pointed out that Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann were "wrong" in supporting it. “We did the right thing by ending that practice,” he said.
“Waterboarding is torture. It’s contrary to America’s traditions, it’s contrary to our ideals, it’s not who we are, it’s not how we operate,” Obama told reporters at a press conference of the interrogation technique.
There's another reason for ending the torture.
It's illegal. From ABC News:
“We don’t need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism,” Obama explained. “If we want to lead around the world part of our leadership is setting a good example. And anybody who has actually read about and understands the practice of waterboarding would say that that is torture and that’s not something we do. Period.”While I heartily applaud the sentiment, stopping the torture is not only about setting a good example. It's about ending a war crime.
And war crimes, if they are to be discouraged, need to be investigated and prosecuted.