Add Newt Gingrich to the list of Republican presidential candidates — all but Huntsman and Paul — who think waterboarding is not torture and is therefore perfectly acceptable.
GINGRICH: Waterboarding is by every technical rule not torture. [Applause] Waterboarding is actually something we’ve done with our own pilots in order to get them used to the idea to what interrogation is like. It’s not — I’m not saying it’s not bad, and it’s not difficult, it’s not frightening. I’m just saying that under the normal rules internationally it’s not torture.
Nonsense. The United States has prosecuted soldiers from other countries, and even our own soldiers, for waterboarding. And this argument that because we try to prepare our own soldiers for it by using a limited, safe version it can’t be torture is just moronic.