• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Subscribe
  • RSS

Quote of the Day – Torture Edition

“[E]ven if we stipulate that torture had produced vital information in some particular instance when no other method would have worked—and it’s not remotely clear at this point that we should stipulate to any such thing—this is a wildly confused way to frame the question. Sooner or later, someone wins the lottery. For that person, it was certainly worth it to buy that lottery ticket. That’s not a helpful way to decide whether buying lottery tickets is a wise investment.” – Julian Sanchez

The observation is based on an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” by Cato’s David Rittgers that’s really aggravating to watch.  O’Reilly uses guests as props to make his points rather than as experts with whom to engage in meaningul conversation.

Related Posts:

About James Joyner
James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He has a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.