It's a war crime.
And yet, that pesky notion doesn't seem to get in the way of Donald Trump's precautionary foreign policy. From Talkingpointsmemo:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he'd bring back waterboarding on Sunday and called the practice "peanuts" compared to "what they’d do to us."Well, the country has to follow its own laws. And torture is illegal. Has been since at least the mid-90s when the Senate ratified the treaty against torture that Ronald Reagan signed in '88.
Trump appeared on ABC's "This Week" program where he said the country has to be "strong" against enemies.
"We have -- I would bring it back, yes. I would bring it back," Trump said. "I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us, what they’re doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head. That’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation."
And yet, according to the most recent ABC/Washington Post Poll, Trump is on top of the GOP field by at least 10 points.
How many times have we heard the Tea Party wing of the GOP scream about Obamaic Tyranny? About his illegal powergrabs?
And yet, one of their own is vowing to "bring back" torture. Which is illegal. Which is a war crime. Which is the ultimate powergrab.
What does this say about our friends in the GOP?