I don’t think there’s anything funny about it. I think Tantaros perfectly explained why so many Americans think they support torture: if you start with the assumption that the U.S. is morally good, then whatever our government did must have been morally justified. That’s the thinking. Alas, that’s backwards. Our morality is based on our actions, not the other way around.
On the one side: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. On the other: Do unto others before they do unto to you. Only one of those mindsets is “good”.