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hannah-arendtToday’s Frank Rich NYT op-ed, “The Banality of Bush White House Evil,” describes the who’s who of American torture policy, a rogues gallery of rationalization and mediocrity and best of intentions. And he connects the dots from waterboard to Baghdad.

Left unsaid is how the title, Hannah Arendt’s phrase used to describe Eichmann at his trial in Jerusalem (shocking when she first put forth the notion), traces the more troubling path from the theories of the Nazis (and the mild and mediocre men who made them) to Bradbury, Bybee, Yoo, and, yes, Cheney.

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