Peter Beinart is correct to say that brutality as a national security measure, even when illegal, is not a new phenomena in America. The recent Senate report is gruesome and unfortunate... and not the first time that the United States has overstepped the legal boundaries of interrogation methods.

Even so, I would suggest that it is irresponsible for Beinart to write that, "Torture is Who We Are." Labels can reinforce identities and Beinart does little to push the United States away from such behavior. One could argue that Beinart's intention was to craft a forthright argument. I would disagree, finding the article compelling but short-sighted.