The debate still rages on about whether or not water-boarding is torture or not. When anyone debates whether this method is torture, the heat gets turned up. The anti-water-boarding people have made a success with their argument by being wordsmiths and have the command of the argument by defining the use of the term. “America should never torture.” they will say. They will never say America shouldn’t waterboard. It is this framing of the argument that builds the success of this frame of thought.
When many people hear this debate on whether or not America tortures people, they think of a whole gambit of torture. Some would be stunned that the only thing being debated here is water-boarding. President Bush has said he never made a decision of that magnitude without getting the okay that it was legal for the White House Council.
Whichever side you fall on with this argument, the fact of the matter is that water-boarding did work. It is undeniable that we got more information by using this method than any other form of persuasion. To some, the desire to be nice to these killers and trying to give them legal rights at all is low on the totem pole of worries. Many people simply don’t care how we treat these homicidal maniacs. Politically correct wars are lost wars to these people. The vast chasm between these two points of view has enough room to float a battleship between them. Right and wrong, good and evil, or practical or not, there is no American consensus on this subject. The pro-water-boarding crowd needs to redefine the argument if it wants to prevail. Words mean everything and how we shape these words define history.