The Daily Banter

Public Support for Torture is Exactly Why We Shouldn’t Torture

There are certain policy decisions that should never be left up to the American people. I’m not necessarily saying we’re stupid. Actually, come to think of it, I’m absolutely saying too many of us are stupid. 29 percent of us can’t name the vice president. Roughly 45 percent of us believe the Earth was created in seven days. Around 20 percent of American adults still smoke cigarettes, knowing it’s a ticket to an early grave in the most horrifying ways possible. 46 percent of Americans disapprove of “Obamacare,” but only 37 percent disapprove of “The Affordable Care Act.” 80 percent of us believe in angels. Around 48 percent of us voted for a ticket that would’ve placed Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

Knowing this, should it really matter that 51 percent of Americans think torture against Global War on Terror detainees was justified? Not only does it totally not matter, it’s a fantastic argument why the Bush administration should never have done it. In a newly released Pew Poll, only 29 opposed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” and 43 percent thought it was a bad idea to release the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture report.” And yes, 51 percent said torture was justified.

I wouldn’t be shocked if half the people thought “CIA” was the lady that sings “Chandelier.”

More-Say-CIA-Interrogation-Methods-Were-Justified-than-UnjustifiedWorse, one of the poll questions asked these yokels whether torture “provided intelligence that prevented terror attacks.” Um, how the hell would they know? They wouldn’t, yet 56 percent said “yes,” we absolutely acquired top-shelf intelligence from the tortured detainees, enough to have prevented another terror attack. If you’re like me and you’re still reeling from Dick Cheney’s psychotic appearance on Meet the Press, take a look at every other human at the mall today. They probably agree with Cheney.

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