I am heartbroken and utterly distressed that the United States of America resorted to torture.
Yet, I'm grateful that it's been disclosed.
No one, that's for sure.
And neither is America.
We're a great nation, but we've stumbled, and we've stumbled badly under the cloud of fear that gripped us after 9/11. As we descended into the darkness of fear, we lost our way.
I guess that's okay; it happens, to nations and to individuals.
But there comes a time when nations and persons have to face up to their situation.
It's time for us as a nation to face facts ... as we've done with slavery and Native Americans; we've had to face the sad truth of our history, and it's okay. No one's perfect, but what's important in confession is our character. It's not about perfection, but the ability to say we've crossed a line and committed crimes against humanity.
Just watching Arie Fleisher right now trying to justify the Bush Administration on this one. It doesn't work; Fleisher is struggling for words. We executed Japanese interrogators who used waterboarding against Americans.
We crossed a line, and it's time for us to say so, clearly and forthrightly.
It's time for confession.
And it's time for a leap forward.
The United States of America is a great nation, I believe, and we're great in our honesty, our willingness to adopt procedures that are just and humane in our treatment of prisoners, regardless of who they are and whatever their philosophy, and to stick by those policies no matter what. Rather than sinking to the lowest common denominator, we've been able to mostly maintain our character, and that's what makes us great.
America, it's okay to stumble. It's okay to face the facts. It's good and right to say, "We're sorry!"
And it's important to say, "It'll never happen again."