The Senate report released last week about the CIA's use of torture on detainees has divided America on ideological grounds. "Obviously, a debate that can't be debated because minds will not be changed can only be debated by the most unchangeable mind," said Stephen Colbert on Monday night's Colbert Report: "Me, Stephen Colbert." Then, through the magic of television, Colbert, wearing a blue tie, debated a red-tied version of himself.
The red-tie Colbert, agreeing with Bill O'Reilly, explained that the U.S. can't be held accountable for any excesses after 9/11, because it was angry, like the Incredible Hulk, and now it is back to normal, like Bruce Banner. The bottom line, red-tie Colbert said, is that "America does not torture, but we had to, and we will never do it again, unless it's to protect America." --Peter Weber