If you're looking for a good newspaper job, kids, try arguing for the most ethically indefensible thing you can possibly think of using faulty logic, blatant falsehoods, and flagrant omissions. It worked for Bush speechwriter and torture-lover Marc Thiessen!
The C.I.A. killed Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib. There was torture at Guantanamo. The Heathrow plot was foiled by the Brits and the Pakistanis, and not through C.I.A. torture. Al-Qaeda has carried out numerous attacks against "American interests abroad" since the C.I.A. began torturing people. Those are all very well-documented things that Marc Thiessen gets wrong (or lies about) in his book about how much he loves torturing people.
Marc Theissen, who put all those lies in that book and who probably drinks from a coffee mug that says "World's Best Defender of Doing Things That We Prosecuted Nazis For Doing," was recently hired to be an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post. He has a column today, in fact! It's about how earmarks are bad and how Republicans who hate earmarks are good and fiscally responsible but they used to not be fiscally responsible and independent voters who are concerned about government spending will reward Republicans for banning earmarks.
It is inane and boring. It reads like a robot was told to split the difference between David Brooks and Bill Kristol.
So not only does he hold a morally reprehensible position on torture (one that has been completely normalized because of people like the editors of the Washington Post), and not only is he either ignorant of the facts or simply lying to support his morally reprehensible position, but he is also a boring and predictable writer with boring and predictable thoughts on boring and predictable subjects.