Wow, Atrios has said it just right. Here's a version that a candidate might use on the stump or in a debate:
Defenders of the current administration say we should use torture because our enemies are so evil, so determined, so dangerous. Are they more evil, more determined, and more dangerous than the Nazis or the Communists were? We're Americans. We don't use torture--not because of who our enemies are, but because of who we are.Is that or is that not an applause line?
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