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The Best Argument Against Torture: Senator John McCain

August 31, 2009

By Thought Merchant

Senator John McCain from Arizona knows about torture. As a Vietnam naval aviator he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and kept as a prisoner of war until 1973. During that time he was tortured on several occasions. In this clip from “Face the Nation” McCain summarily throws Dick Cheney under the bus by clearly stating that not only did torture destroy America’s image abroad, but it was used as a recruitment tool by Al-Qaida  operatives, and hence increased the threat of a terrorist attack on the American people. At a time when many conservative hawks are echoing the Cheney talking points about the success of the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,”: i.e torture,  its good to see at least one Republican who won’t allow partisan politics deter him from saying the truth. Though McCain disagrees with the efficacy of Attorney General Holder’s investigation into Bush administration torture activities, he is at least willing to admit that horrid interrogation methods like water boarding rendered information of little value. Perhaps if more conservatives operated in such a fashion our political process would be mired down with less propaganda and double speak.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. brae permalink
    August 31, 2009 6:05 pm

    McCain’s position on this issue should be broadcast as much as possible. His personal experiences gives him credibility on the issue and his political affiliation means he can speak to an audience that won’t listen to the Democrats.

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