Mukasey confirmed as Attorney General
I was glad to hear this. I think Mukasey was a solid choice and well qualified for the position. As for the waterboarding issue, I think it's bogus. First, it does not constitute torture. It is an effective interrogation technique that has proven invaluable in our efforts to thwart terrorist attacks. Pelosi wants to use the Army manual to define torture. Well, the military actually subjects its troops engaged in special forces training (namely the Navy SEALS) to water boarding. The purpose is to teach them to endure difficult interrogation. Would the military torture its own troops? I don't think so.
I like to draw this hypothetical. Suppose for a moment that US intelligence discovers that a nuclear weapon or a dirty bomb has been deployed somewhere in your city of residence. We don't know where it is exactly, and we don't know when it will be detonated. But we apprehend a terrorist suspect that we think was involved. Would you support water boarding that person in order to gain the information needed to avert disaster? It's a simple question, and it's a hypothetical that's certainly possible.
Ask me, and I say water board him.