Senator Kit Bond of Missouri on waterboarding:
GWEN IFILL: I just would like to — but do you think that waterboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?
SEN. KIT BOND: There are different ways of doing it. It's like swimming, freestyle, backstroke. The waterboarding could be used almost to define some of the techniques that our trainees are put through, but that's beside the point. It's not being used.
There are some who say that, in extreme circumstances, if there is threat of an imminent major attack on the United States, it might be used, but I certainly would not favor it in any circumstance…
Is it like freestyle and backstroke swimming because water is involved? Or is it like those things because there are different ways of doing it? This is more than just a perverse water analogy. It's a complete non sequitur–the question asks whether water boarding as Ifill described it is torture, but Senator Bond replies to a different question–and then suggests his reply is besides the point. Maybe we could put this another way.
GI: Do you eat herring, Sen. B?
Sen B. There are lots of kinds of herring–pickled, creamed, smoked. But the different kinds of herring has nothing to do with this. My store doesn't carry herring.
Maybe there are circumstances in which herring could be sold at my store, but I wouldn't favor that.