Kramer on “The Water Cure”

I missed this article when it first appeared in The New Yorker last February: Paul Kramer’s The Water Cure. It’s a review of the politics that (briefly) swirled around our government’s previous use of waterboarding as an instrument of state policy (during the Phillipine-American War, fought from 1899 to 1902).

It’s a depressingly familiar story.

I’ve been caught up in the emotion of the presidential campaign, but over my last few commutes I went back and re-listened to podcasts 22 through 28, and it reminded me of how big a mess the new President Obama is going to have to clean up.

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