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.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.