Somewhere in the distant recesses of my mind is a passage from Reef Points , a.k.a. the Plebe's Bible, that we were required to memorize during our first year at the U.S. Naval Academy. "When principle is involved," the saying went, "be deaf to expediency." The latest firestorm over interrogation and torture of enemy combatants captured in the wrongly named global war on terror brings this tension between principle and expediency front and center.