Torture is a moral abomination, and President Obama is right to restate American opposition to it. But where I reserve a soupçon of doubt is over the question of whether "enhanced interrogation techniques" actually work. That they do not is a matter of absolute conviction among those on the political left, who seem to think that the CIA tortured suspected terrorists just for the hell of it.Cohen is obviously no fan of Cheney, and thinks he has no credibility, but he doesn't inhabit the same ideological dreamworld as many of his compatriots on the left. Earlier in the piece Cohen writes,
Yet I have to wonder whether what he is saying now is the truth -- i.e., torture works.If he cared to actually look into it and do five minutes of research -- something most torture opponents haven't bothered with -- he would find that there are numerous examples of torture working to extract correct information. The only real question is whether torture worked in these particular cases, as Cheney and other officials claim. But at least Cohen is willing to ask the question, rather then making an unfounded assumption about the answer.