Remedial Ethics – New York Times

Eavesdropping on a Bush administration ethics class. Check it out – you don’t often see NYTimes editorials this funny.

“Yes, Mr. Cheney?”

“I have to go. I have a meeting.”

“Please sit down. This is important.”

“So’s my meeting.”

“Perhaps you’d like to share with us what it’s about?”


“Thank you. I was planning to talk about that tomorrow, but since you’ve brought it up, let’s talk about it now. Would you give us all an example of when you feel it is ethical to torture someone?”

“If that someone was about to launch an attack on the United States. Or making me late for a meeting. I think that under those clearly defined circumstances, tearing out their fingernails or immersing them in boiling oil would be, yes, a reasonable policy.”

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