Tuesday, June 21, 2005
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As the Andrew Turns

Via James Taranto at Opinion Journal, Andrew Sullivan isn't quite sure WHAT he thinks:
"MOORE AWARD NOMINEE: 'The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command.' -- Markos Moulitsas, on DailyKos yesterday. Look, few have been as outraged as I have been by what this administration has perpetrated and permitted with regard to detainees in U.S. care. But this kind of morally cretinous hyperbole only discredits the serious case against the administration." -- Andrew Sullivan, June 17, 2005 "DURBIN SAID NOTHING WRONG: I've now read and re-read Senator Dick Durbin's comments on interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay. They are completely, perfectly respectable. The rank hysteria being perpetrated by some on the right is what is shameful." -- Andrew Sullivan, June 20, 2005 "Look, I'm a pretty solid civil liberties guy. But this has nothing to do with civil liberties. The murderers of September 11 are not criminals. . . . It would be a radical move to treat these people as civilians subject to the usual protections. Our tortured attempt to do exactly that in the past--remember the Lockerbie fiasco?--is one reason why al Qaeda thought they could get away with mass murder this time. . . . We should show them the same mercy they showed to the men and women who showed up for work on September 11." -- Andrew Sullivan, Nov. 19, 2001 "I don't know about Hugh Hewitt, Bill Kristol or NR, but I supported this war in large part because I wanted to end torture, abuse and cruelty in Iraq [sic]. I did not support it in order, two and a half years later, to be finding specious rhetorical justifications for torture, abuse and cruelty by Americans. I'm sick of hearing justifications that the enemy is worse. This is news? This is what now passes for analysis? They are far, far worse, among the most despicable and evil enemies we have ever faced. Our treatment of their prisoners is indeed Club Med compared to their fathomless barbarism. But since when is our moral compass set by them?" -- Andrew Sullivan, June 21, 2005