Once upon a time in America, we Americans believed in the basic principles of human decency. Today, millions of Americans have lost respect for international law that protects those who serve in the military from abuse when captured. A study by the International Committee of the Red Cross reveals that 46% of Americans believe it is acceptable to torture enemy combatants. Only 30% oppose. In 1999, 60% of Americans opposed torture.
So, why the change? Today, fewer than one percent of the population actually serves in the military. So, Trump like folks believe they are heroes by supporting torture, since they never will be captured. During WWII, captured German soldiers were shown respect. It was unusual for any to be tortured. At this point, the norm was to show respect for the enemy, and obtain information through guile and being pleasant. Actually, this still works today.