Lewis: If torture is against the law and you say that the United States tortured, waterboarding specifically, that that’s a crime and surely it should be prosecuted.
Armitage: You’re making…you're using terms like surely this and surely that. I happen to prefer the formula used by our president where he says he’s much more interested in reconcillation and correction of these problems. He wants to be a forward looking man and that’s where I am.
In hindsight maybe I should’ve. But in those positions you see how many more battles you have. You maybe fool yourself. You say how much worse would x, y, or z be if I weren’t here trying to do it? So torture is a matter of principle as far as I’m concerned. I hope, had I known about it at the time I was serving, I would’ve had the courage to resign. **
After watching Mr. Armitage in this video I'm convinced that even had he known about the torture at the time (he may have) that he still wouldn't have resigned over it. He would have rationalized why he should stay just like he did in the statement above. And, even now, when we all know about the torture, Mr. Armitage still lacks the necessary courage to stand up for principle and demand that the people responsbile for these hideous crimes be held accountable through the rule of law.
He hopes that, "had I known about it at the time I was serving, I would've had the courage to resign,'' he said. "But I don't know. It's in hindsight now.''