Sarah Palin, aka Bible Spice, spoke at the NRA annual meeting last weekend and whipped up her usual combination of half stupid, half morally appalling and all annoying. She actually got wild applause for saying that if she were in charge (how’s that for a frightening thought?), she’d bring back waterboarding in a big way:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) defended the controversial enhanced interrogation technique of waterboarding this weekend, and implied that the practice would still be commonplace “if I were in charge.”
“They obviously have information on plots to carry out Jihad,” she said at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting on Saturday evening, referring to prisoners. “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
Yep, that’s Palin. Not a hint of actual thought, just using torture as an applause line. Let’s contrast this to conservative hero Ronald Reagan, who helped negotiate the UN Convention Against Torture and pushed for its adoption by the United States and every other nation. Here’s what he had to say when he sent it to the Senate for ratification:
The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.
The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called “universal jurisdiction.” Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution…
By giving its advice and consent to ratification of this Convention, the Senate of the United States will demonstrate unequivocally our desire to bring an end to the abhorrent practice of torture.
Sarah Palin, on the other hand, leads the cheers for it.