Administration critics have said that it is a moral, political and tactical mistake for the U.S. to be blurring the lines between “rough treatment” and “torture.” And they, of course, have a valid point.
While there’s no excusing sadists such as Army Spc. Charles Graner, it is not irrelevant to cite some context. The mother of all blurred lines: those who don’t differentiate combatants from ambulance drivers. First and second runners-up: combatants waving white flags as a ruse and those wearing the other side’s uniform.