It might be worth remembering what one of the most popular Republican presidents in modern American history thought about the use of such tactics by the United States.
He thought it was something that was completely below the standards and values represented around the world by the United States.
The Christian Post noted in June 2013:
Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan vigorously championed U.S. ratification of the international Convention Against Torture, which he signed on April 18, 1988. Reagan acclaimed it as having marked a significant step in the development of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment.
“Ratification of the Convention by the United States,” Reagan wrote, “will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately prevalent in the world today.”
The Christian Post added, “Little could he have known that the United States would itself soon engage in this ‘abhorrent practice.”
On Thursday, Fox News’ Shepard Smith said it was “sad and horrifying” that Americans would even debate whether torture is ever justified.
Ronald Reagan might have agreed.