Remember Pearl Harbor! and Remember the Arizona! used to mean, remember how the Japanese were so sneaky and low down that they attacked us without warning!
So how far does this "Let's use the tactics of those who hate, fear, and attack us to attack and defeat them!" go?
We have let our standards of humanity slip in the "war prisons" we support, and waved good bye to standards of justice and law when we began assassinating opponents instead of capturing them.
Maybe our President is thinking about that old party standby "how low can you go?" from the Limbo. I bet he could get lower than any of his old drinking buddies. End of rant - sorry.