By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Neo-con Ken Adelman has an interesting and admirable blog post over at one of Foreign Policy's blogs. He makes a conservative case against torture.
It's somewhat outrageous for real conservatives not to be outraged by all this. Conservatism has never been, and should not become now, the pro-torture movement.
He cites the core of conservatism: limited government.
The conservatism of Goldwater, like all American conservatism, stressed limited government -- not only in programs and budgets, but also in the power and reach of the state.
That's old-con. There are also, he points out, neo-con reasons to be against torture:
Neo-conservatism meant -- to me, at least -- that there is and should be a moral element at the center of foreign policy. ... Torture is not only immoral; it's not conservative. And conservatives shouldn't be defending it.
Oh yeah, that was an element of neo-conservatism, wasn't it?
Anyway, the whole post is worth reading.
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