Wayne Allard Wants “Flexibility”

Andrew Sullivan has my senator Wayne Allard’s justification for opposing a bill amendment that would make torture of anyone anywhere by the US military illegal. He spends two paragraphs expounding on the evils of the torture that has been exposed and then wraps up with this:

Furthermore, codifying the Army field manual, as required by the McCain amendment, does not right the wrongs committed by those individuals who were clearly acting outside of the Army’s existing regulations and the laws of our country. In fact, in my mind, all it does is tie the hands of the Department of Defense at a time when maximum flexibility within the boundaries of the U.S. law is needed.

As if the purpose behind the amendment were to right past wrongs rather than to prevent future wrongs from occurring. What’s missing here is where the Senator explains why he thinks some of this behavior should remain legal.

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