Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale told me that a growing number of hunger strikers are choosing liquid supplements over a nose hose. "For reasons that are unclear to us," he added, some choose what their lawyers call torture.
In essence, the human rights lobby has manufactured a human rights abuse -- call it nutritional waterboarding -- where detainees are compelling medical personnel to force-feed them. Or else.
"I've always been puzzled by the emotional atmospherics of hunger strikes, in which people are using other people's morality as a weapon against them," Walter Olson of the blog "Overlawyered" told me. "If the captors were as ruthless and demonic as Islamist ideology would hold, they wouldn't actually care about what is happening to a starving prisoner."