"I don't give a rat's ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not f***ing torture!!"
This attitude is common among many who oppose torture. They call it "un-American," and seem to believe the U.S. never used torture until the Bush administration. But torture has long been a part of the American experience. The use of torture is endemic in unconventional conflicts fought against non-state opponents, or state adversaries who employ guerilla tactics and blend with civilian populations. From incidents of torture of Tories during the Revolutionary War, to the widespread use of it against Native Americans throughout the many Indian Wars, to the extensive use of torture in the Philippine Insurrection, its use in the Vietnam War, and of course the War on Terror, torture has been employed by Americans when it has been deemed necessary and useful. That's not even considering non-wartime uses, and of course the entire history of American slavery. If you define torture as broadly as do many torture opponents, it is also regularly used in our domestic prison system, and used to be relatively common in police interrogations throughout much of our history.
Calling torture un-American is not an argument. It's just historical ignorance.