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I agree that the abuse does not put us on the same level as Saddam Hussein’s regime, but I don’t know how comforting that is–I would hope the bar for American conduct would be set a lot higher than that. I’ve seen the whole transcript now, and much of the time Limbaugh is disputing the idea that the abuse was “systemic” and making other sound points. He says, “[L]ook, this is a tough, tough line here, because I don’t want you to think that I think this ought to be standard operating procedure. But I don’t think that it is, and I think everybody is overreacting” (by jumping to the systemic conclusion). I see what he was trying to say. It was a tough line he was trying to walk. But when he ended up comparing the abuse to a fraternity initiations ritual, I’m afraid he fell on the wrong side of it.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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