Such a strategy seems foolhardy to us, as does Vice President Dick Cheney's recent admission that he was involved in the approval of detainee waterboarding.
The Veep seems proud of his role in the waterboarding affair, but he may want to reconsider his comments, which have raised the ire of some journalists and public officials.
Consider, for instance, this exchange last night between MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Michigan Sen. Carl Levin:
Maddow: One of the things I think has been so I guess challenging to the American debate about this is that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have essentially argued that they have legalized waterboarding. That they have legalized torture. They think that the actions of their Justice Department made things like waterboarding not war crimes any more. Are they right?
Levin: You can't just suddenly change something that's illegal into something that is legal by having a lawyer write an opinion saying that it's legal. Things can't work that way or else someone could get a lawyer to say a crime is not a crime and then that would be a defense. That is not a defense and I just, I was astounded frankly when I heard the Vice President of the United States sort of just blandly, blithely saying that oh he thought that was an appropriate thing and yes he was involved in the discussions about it.