B-B-B-Baby, Yoo Just Ain't Seen Mutt and Jeff


John Yoo writes in the Wall Street Journal that under Obama's no torture policy…:

The CIA must now conduct interrogations according to the rules of the Army Field Manual, which prohibits coercive techniques, threats and promises, and the good-cop bad-cop routines used in police stations throughout America.

Except that the Army Field Manual does have a section describing a "Mutt and Jeff" routine. Media Matters reports that in 2006 Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence Lt. Gen. John Kimmons described the routine as . . . another name for "good cop-bad cop."

I think I see what happened, here, and we should probably cut Yoo some slack. He probably just mistakenly wrote "good-cop bad-cop" when he actually meant to write, "good cop, crush-your-10-year-old-son's-testicles-cop."

It's a pretty common mistake.