Wednesday, February 20, 2008
As the presidential race heats up and as we look forward to getting past the primaries and into the general election, it's good to know, that no matter who wins in November, the US will stop the practice of waterboarding and other coercive techniques considered to be torture.
Ah, oops. Sorry. Scratch that.
The darling of the independents, John "maverick" McCain, has voted against banning torture by the US government.
But wasn't that dude tortured himself in the Vietnam war? And hasn't he spoken out against torture, and even specifically against waterboarding, many times?
Ah, but now, in order to take his place as the presumptive nominee of ALL of his party, McCain must silence the extremely vocal and unhinged right wing, and is now embracing the use of torture as a necessary weapon in the fight against terrorism.
McCain voted against a recent intelligence bill, which would have required the CIA to abide by the Army Field Manual, which prohibits not only waterboarding, but also beatings, electric shock, and the use of dogs, forced nudity, and any technique that simulates execution. The bill passed both houses, but of course the Numnuts-in-chief has promised a veto.
Regarding his vote on the bill, McCain stated that although he is against torture, he "always supported allowing the CIA to use extra measures."
Such is the nature of the "maverick," I guess. One minute he's against torture, the next he's saying he would allow it as long as the people doing it are good at keeping secrets and won't let photos of their antics leak to the press. One minute Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are "agents of intolerance," and the next, he's playing footsie with those same religious extremists, and promising to back a federal ban on gay marriage.
I dunno, there must be something about being the presumptive Republican nominee that dulls your brain and makes you forget what words mean. Because when I look up the word "maverick," I get this: "One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter."
And not this: "a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of direction, belief, attitude, or policy."
I found that last definition in the dictionary under "flip flop." I guess now they'll have to take John Kerry's face off of that page and put McCain's there instead.
So I would just like to say to all those so-called "independents" out there, and all those Democrats who claim that Hillary is so awful that if Obama doesn't win, they will be FORCED to vote for McCain, I would just hope that they remember that this man that they believe in, who was starved and beaten for five and a half years as a POW, just referred to the practice of torture as "extra measures."
Let me ask all you McCain fans something. Do you think, when John McCain was being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton, that it made a difference to him whether it was the North Vietnamese army kicking him in the gut, or the North Vietnamese version of the CIA? And if it would've made no difference to him then, then what kind of man would he have to be to differentiate it now?
Posted by vikkitikkitavi at 8:21 AM