EL (kesnit) wrote,

McCain Wasn't Tortured

I can't take credit for this. I snagged it from the blog Pam's House Blend


John McCain has hitched his presidential wagon to his service in Vietnam, specifically his former prisoner of war status as a marker of his patriotism to his country, having undergone what he calls torture tactics extensively documented in his autobiography.
There's one problem - the GOP nominee has a Senate record that is in line with the Bush definition of torture that renders McCain's experience little more than "enhanced interrogation techniques." Andrew Sullivan is spot-on with this observation:

"In all the discussion of John McCain's recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration's definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.

...No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the "intelligence" we have procured from "interrogating" terror suspects. Feel safer?"

McCain and his peeps are stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. The question is, will the Obama camp go there? This should be on the table, considering McCain has no objections to reconsidering the draft. He believes that what this administration calls "enhanced interrogation techniques" are legitimate persuasive tactics that any country should be able to use on our men and women in the military.


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