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McCain, Hadley Seek Torture Ban Compromise

Posted by ALmod on December 14, 2005

Honestly. Where do you get the testicular fortitude to look a guy like John McCain in the eye and tell him that he should back down on his standards against torture? If anyone should know first hand as to whether or not torture is an efficient means of obtaining information, McCain would be at the top of the list.

I have to say that I’m very disappointed with the Bush White House. Of course, that’s an understatement. But I voted for George W. in 2000. Why? Regardless as to the financial stability that the Clinton White House provided, I was sick of the scandals. Al Gore seemed to be more of the same. The Bush administration came in promising to restore integrity, dignity, honor, and morals to the White House. I haven’t seen that. In fact, if you show me a person who can look at themselves in the mirror after justifying torture on another human being, I’ll show you someone who scares me a great deal.

I don’t care what that other person did. I don’t care how horrible his crimes were. In the words of John McCain, “It’s not about who they are. It’s about who we are.” We are supposed to be better than this. We are supposed to be the leaders in humane treatment for our prisoners. We are supposed to be the beacon for the rest of the world.

But I think the most important thing, and the point that McCain and Graham are trying to make, is this: We want to insure that, should our soldiers be captured during wartime, they are treated with dignity and respect. Treating others the way we expect to be treated, regardless as to whether or not we recognize them as “military,” is the best way to insure that our own soldiers are not tortured.

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One Response to “McCain, Hadley Seek Torture Ban Compromise”

  1. Arlen Crawford said

    Nice to have you back. I agree with your post and find it very disappointing that torture has even become an issue. It’s ashame that the administration deosn’t take the high road in this.

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