This blog over the years has printed many nasty comments concerning John McCain, but we have never doubted the man’s inherent understanding of war and torture. He underwent brutality while a POW during the Vietnam war. In light of ridiculous comments on Fox News and by the right wing nut show of Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and Bachmann, he felt compelled to appear on the floor of the Senate and speak the truth about torture and obtaining information. McCain blasted comments by former Republican Attorney General Michael Mukasey who claimed waterboarding worked. McCain told his colleagues: “Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bind Laden’s courier,Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information.” Mukasey, who has never been tortured, responded that “harsh interrogation techniques were both effective and lawful.”
John McCain may not be an expert on financial issues, but he is the ONLY member of Congress who underwent torture–for FIVE YEARS! As regards torture, “I do not believe they are necessary to our success in our war against terrorists, as the advocates of these techniques claim they are.” He went on to make the following comments which every American should read:
ULTIMATELY, THIS IS ABOUT MORALITY. WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE IS THE VERY IDEA OF AMERICA–THE AMERICA WHOSE VALUES HAVE INSPIRED THE WORLD AND INSTILLED IN THE HEARTS OF ITS CITIZENS THE CERTAINTY THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD WE FIGHT, NO MATTER HOW DANGEROUS OUR ADVERSARY, IN THE COURSE OF VANQUISHING OUR ENEMIES WE DO NOT COMPROMISE OUR DEEPEST VALUES”
I await claims by Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, King, and Fox News for John McCain –SHOW US YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!