There are times when I truly believe that the average so-called “compassionate conservative” is, in fact, so lacking in simple human compassion that they bear a strong resemblance to your garden variety sociopath. Via ThinkProgress (emphasis added):
Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “reluctantly acknowledged” that he doesn’t believe waterboarding is torture. According to the Connecticut Post, Lieberman downplayed the severity of the waterboarding because it doesn’t inflict permanent physical damage:
In the worst case scenario — when there is an imminent threat of a nuclear attack on American soil — Lieberman said that the president should be able to certify the use of waterboarding on a detainee suspected of knowing vital details of the plot.
“You want to be able to use emergency tech to try to get the information out of that person,” Lieberman said. […]
“It is not like putting burning coals on people’s bodies. The person is in no real danger. The impact is psychological,” Lieberman said.
The next rightwing, neocon, war-humping torture apologist who says waterboarding is just okey-fucking-dokey in their tiny little minds should be immediately treated to their own personal demonstration of it … with them as the victim. I’m sure they’ll have a change of heart right after they’re finished screaming (or should I say gargling) and wetting their big boy pants.
It’s not too early to start drinking, is it? It’s noon somewhere in the world.