Don't get me wrong - the abstract moral argument is important too. But as the perspective of time sets in, what I hope people also see is that abandoning the rule of law had real concrete harm -- not merely to the poor souls we tortured, but to our country and its status in the world.
Yet once you adopt a risk-management perspective, then uncertainty becomes a reason to do something rather than a reason not to do something.
Now don't get me wrong, this is not going to be a rant about how great the old days were. I love my leash.
You can't argue against the fact that there are more bears now than before. There are more bears and more humans. I believe that most attacks are due to the wrong bear being at the wrong place at the wrong time. People have to keep things in perspective.
"One bear will teach another bear, and then that bear will do it. There are bears that peel and bears that don't peel. We target peeling bears."
Don't get me wrong, I like ponies and rainbows like everybody else ...
"You can't argue with his security success," said student Col. Steven Williamson.
Don't get me wrong -- tools have their place.
While I can't argue with his logic, there's something ghastly about its inexorability.