Well, as the FT puts it:
Ms Rice on Wednesday signalled a major policy shift by stating explicitly that US personnel were prohibited from using â€œcruel, inhumane and degradingâ€ treatment of detainees as she weathered protests in Europe over secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons and alleged torture.
As I have been arguing for some time now Condaleeza Rice is definitely interested in bridge building and not in rubbing salt in old wounds. In doing this she will have to face those inside the United States who favour a more protectionist and isolationsist policy. Ca bouge. Good.
Meantime we could ask the question whether most of the buck for not explictly prohibiting these practices previously will now be passed to Dick Cheney, certainly former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson thinks it might well be: