You know how a lot of right-wingers keep telling us that the torture allegations are no big deal, just the work of a few bad apples, etc.? How their narrative needle seems to have gotten stuck on “One Wacky Night at Abu Ghraib” and keeps going around and around on a single verse?
Well, the question for me in such cases is always simple: are they stupid, or lying?
The answer here appears to be stupid. Very, very stupid.