Posted on May 15th, 2011
President Obama’s opponents think they’ve caught him in an inconsistency: Why is it okay to kill bin Laden, but not to waterboard?
It’s quite simple, really.
Bin Laden was an enemy combatant, indeed the equivalent of a general of an armed group at war with the United States. (Read this.) Targeting him was just, although (as unfortunately needs to be emphasized) lamentable, as all deaths are.
Waterboarding a captured enemy is torture, and thus contrary to international law, our American ideals, and (most importantly) our Christian faith. (Read this.)
I applaud the president for his handling of this matter.