If you were to compare the U.S. to China, then no I would not say that the U.S. is as severe... but torture is torture and the justifications don't really matter to me.
What I basically meant was that the next time I hear the words "freedom, justice, and liberty" come out of the mouths of your political leaders, I will know to take it with a grain of salt. They are just talking words that don't represent any sort of reality in U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. is NOT a peacekeeping nation. It is a warring nation.