Rove writes, "Another McCain story, somewhat better known, is about the Vietnamese practice of torturing him by tying his head between his ankles with his arms behind him, and then leaving him for hours." So, wait, now putting prisoners in stress positions is torture?
No, then it was torture. Just like how when Japanese waterboarded American soldiers in World War II, then it was torture. But not now. Now it's being done by Americans, not to Americans, and therefore it's not torture, because everyone knows Americans don't torture.
Either that or 9/11 changed everything, including what torture is. I expect either rationale will work for the sociopaths who support this stuff.
Via Matt Yglesias.