It is extraordinary how President Bush has streamlined the Senate confirmation process. As we have seen most recently with the vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, about all that is left of "advice and consent" is the "consent" part. ...
It's worth reading the whole thing. Except ...
On Thursday, the Senate voted by 53 to 40 to confirm Mr. Mukasey even though he would not answer a simple question: does he think waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning used to extract information from a prisoner, is torture and therefore illegal?
This is how the Times always refers to waterboarding.
To me, "simulated drowning" would involve, oh, 3-D goggles and an Imax screen and someone throwing buckets of water at you.
Waterboarding is real drowning just short of actually, you know, killing you.
The NPR program On the Media discusses use of the term.
Frank Rich's column from yesterday is also worth a read.
Note to God Is My Codependent: Let it not be said I don't listen to my audience.