I am on the same page with Bruni here:
There was another [lesson] about the shockingly unformed, pliable nature of the clay that is our 70-year-old president-elect.
His reservations about waterboarding, he said, arose from a conversation he’d just had with James Mattis, a retired Marine general under consideration for secretary of defense. During that talk Mattis had bluntly questioned waterboarding’s effectiveness — and so, now, did Trump.
It was as if he’d never really thought through the issue during that endless campaign, and it suggested that the most influential voice in Trumplandia is the last one he happened to listen to.
Well, yeah - this argument couldn't possibly be new to anyone who studied the issue, and has been made by some fairly credible people. But now Trump has changed his mind? Kerry-esque!