For me the most disturbing thing-- yes, more than wasted American deaths and thousands more deaths of Iraqi civilians, because as monstrous as this is, they are, at least, safe in Heaven dead-- is the current American indifference to torture and death. This will all be paid for with innocent American blood somewhere in the future. The payback for the United States' monstrous behavior won't be visited on the guilty parties, but on me and my own, going about their business like the innocents murdered by a distant weapon on September 11.
"Fear not your enemies: they can only kill you. Fear not your friends: the worst they can do is betray you. Fear only the indifferent, for they allow the murderers and the traitors to run free about the earth." That's a clumsy translation (mine) of a European victim of torture quoted by Harlan Ellison somewhere (it's the holiday, and I don't have recourse to my library to look it up , but will properly credit the fellow later.)
An excellent essay from In These Times about America's collective shrug regarding torture and Dick Cheney's defense of torture. Please see COMMENTS on this entry for more on the games Americans play between Superbowls and church on Sunday. In the words of Robert Stone, "Mickey Mouse will see you dead."