But to get back to the subject at hand.. the whole torture thing seriously does come off as light weight and it almost insults the word torture to call it torture. You have to keep in mind that the audience on the right that is supposed to be appalled by all of this will kinda think its good riddance. Torture to us like what happened to Leon Klinghoffer.. shot a guy in a wheelchair and tossed him off of a boat. Torture is the US serviceman that was kicked to death by a bunch of hijackers in the 1980s. Torture is the CIA station chief in Lebanon getting beaten and whipped to death. Torture is all the crap the Vietnamese did to our vets. Torture is the Bataan Death March, or, on the German side, the sending of some of our Jewish airmen to Aushwitz and Dachau.
By contrast, you've got the Bush administration making sure that the guy's head is properly padded so he won't get hurt when he's thrown up against a wall, and, in the memos, a repeated emphasis on avoiding actually physically hurting some of the senior leaders of our current enemy. To us, compared to what our enemies treat the USA - hey do remember our servicemen getting dragged down the street in Somalia... or, hey, how about all the stories about American women getting stuck in Iran and having their husbands beat the crap out of them. Or, more to the point, the Taliban shooting women in a soccer stadium for mass entertainment, because, jeez, they learned how to read.
To us, these memos don't point to an administration torturing. If anything, it seems like they are acting justly, and far superior, as usual, to any enemy the USA not only has now, but has had since World War I.