The “Anti-Torture” Bill Should Be Called The “Let’s Have More Planes Flown Into American Buildings” Bill

by John Hawkins | November 7, 2005 3:04 pm

John McCain is an arrogant fool whose latest nauseating attempts to curry favor with the liberals in the media may eventually result in the loss of countless American lives[1]:

“Girding for a potential fight with the Bush administration, supporters of a ban on torturing prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators threatened Friday to include the prohibition in nearly every bill the Senate considers until it becomes law.

The no-torture wording, which proponents say is supported by majorities in both houses of Congress, was included last month in the Senate’s version of a defense spending bill. The measure’s final form is being negotiated with the House, and the White House is pushing for either a rewording or deletion of the torture ban.

On Friday, at the urging of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, the Senate by a voice vote added the ban to a related defense bill as a backup.

Speaking from the Senate floor, McCain said, “If necessary – and I sincerely hope it is not – I and the co-sponsors of this amendment will seek to add it to every piece of important legislation voted on in the Senate until the will of a substantial bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress prevails. Let no one doubt our determination.”

The ban would establish the Army Field Manual as the guiding authority in interrogations and prohibit “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” of prisoners.

The Bush administration has sought to exempt the CIA from the ban.”

Preventing our interrogators from using “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” is to, in effect, handcuff them to such an extent that they’re practically useless. Hell, there’s what could fairly be considered “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” that occurs in every American prison, in every high school football practice, and even in the basic training all of our troops go through. As a matter of fact, if you’re a parent, you’ve probably inflicted “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” on one of your kids at some point or another.

We’re fighting terrorists who believe in flying airplanes into buildings full of innocent people and if John McCain and Company get their way, our interrogators will be thrown in prison for depriving the terrorists of sleep for 24 hours.

When some terrorist sets off a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles, is John McCain going to call their relatives and tell them it was better for their families to die than for Americans to waterboard some in-the-know Jihadi who spends his spare time making bombs and slicing off the heads of captives on video?

Come on, Mr. “Straight Talk,” tell us how many Americans you would rather see die than continue the “degrading” practice of hooding prisoners? 1000? 10,000? A million? 10 million? How many Americans would John McCain be willing to sacrifice in order to keep our interrogators from threatening to beat a terrorist who knows where a nuclear bomb is located in an American city? Just how many Americans have to die so John McCain can try to look righteous for Chris Matthews and the New York Times?

You know, this is just another example of how tough it has been for President Bush to defend this country from our enemies after 9/11.

We have the American media acting like PR flacks for Al-Qaeda while minimalizing the accomplishments of our troops. Then there’s the Democratic Party which is full to bursting with Jello-spined wimps who’ve been whining, complaining, and generally impeding progress in the war on terror from basically the beginning of 2002 on because they don’t want Bush to get credit for defending America. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Bush is stuck with incompetents like Chuck Hagel and John McCain who are so desperate to curry favor with the media and the Democrats that they’re willing to undercut the war on terrorism to do it.

Now, if John McCain gets his way, our interrogators will be so handicapped by the Army Field manual’s incredibly restrictive guidelines[2], that our soldiers won’t even be able to rap a terrorist on the knuckles with a ruler. Meanwhile, the terrorists saw the heads off of Americans they catch.

All I can say at this point is that we’re very lucky to have George Bush running the war on terror because, quite frankly, his opponents in 2000 and 2004, Al Gore, John Kerry, and John McCain have proven since 9/11 that they’re just not up to the job.

  1. may eventually result in the loss of countless American lives:
  2. Army Field manual’s incredibly restrictive guidelines:

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