According to CNN, White House press secretary Scott McClellan called Senator Dick Dubrin’s recent remarks “reprehensible”. The remark in question was, “If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.”
What’s odd is that people in the Bush administration seem to think that Durbin’s words are reprehensible while at the same time believing their own actions are proper. Torture is never justified. Humane treatment of prisoners is always to be expected. Senator Durbin’s remarks are entirely reasonable and the White House response shows just how deluded the administration is.