2002: McCain said capturing Osama Bin Laden Isn’t “‘That Important.” [CBS, “Face the Nation,” 3/2/02]
Rushing into Iraq and losing 4000 American lives over WMD and terrorist connection that didn’t exist according to the commander-in-chief wannbe was more important then capturing the mastermind behind 9-11.
Pundit and Republican model of patriotism Michael Savage thinks that kids with autism are little fakers and their parents are to blame.
“I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture,” Ashcroft said.
This guy used to be the Attorney General of the United States of America. It makes you wonder if he didn’t get his law degree by way of a correspondence school off a matchbook cover, Waterboarding Used to Be a Crime
After World War II, we convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American and Allied prisoners of war. At the trial of his captors, then-Lt. Chase J. Nielsen, one of the 1942 Army Air Forces officers who flew in the Doolittle Raid and was captured by the Japanese, testified: “I was given several types of torture. . . . I was given what they call the water cure.” He was asked what he felt when the Japanese soldiers poured the water. “Well, I felt more or less like I was drowning,” he replied, “just gasping between life and death.”
Nielsen’s experience was not unique. Nor was the prosecution of his captors. After Japan surrendered, the United States organized and participated in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, generally called the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. Leading members of Japan’s military and government elite were charged, among their many other crimes, with torturing Allied military personnel and civilians. The principal proof upon which their torture convictions were based was conduct that we would now call waterboarding.
I think the White House has finally become seriously spooked about Pakistan. When Benazir was assassinated, they lost Plan A and there never was a Plan B. They’ve been treading water while watching things go from bad to worse in both Pakistan’s domestic political chaos and in the border areas with Afghanistan. The US doesn’t have more troops to put in, and even if there were a few more brigades available, everybody (except Mr “I authored the Surge(TM)” McCain) seems to realize that the military isn’t going to solve this problem, it’s only a finger in the dike.
Whoever is the new President come January, US-Pakistan policies are going to have to be reworked entirely. The Biden-Lugar economic aid package, which Obama is sponsoring, is just the first step.
Not Conservatives, but the reality based community knows that Bush squandered victory in Afghanistan in order to protect us from Iraq. What often goes over looked is that Iran had helped organize the anti-Taliban Northen Alliance in Afghanistan and had offered to continue to help the U.S. in getting rid of them and al-Qaeda. One can’t help but wonder how many lives could have been saved in Afghanistan and Iraq if the Bushies had not let their hubris get in the way of working with Iran against the Taliban.
McCain’s humor often backfires. Most of the examples of McCain’s humor is defensible, free speech and all. The purported rape joke is the deal breaker. Not surprising that the Republicans in the comment section defend McCain -” It also shows that McCain is down to Earth at least.” Rape jokes manage two things at once and showing how someone is down to earth is not even close, they’re tasteless and cruel. That is what sets them apart from jokes about cigarettes and someones looks. They’re a little window into the dark side of the person telling them.
Faux News had been echoing McCain’s inane criticism that Senator Obama had not been to Iraq enough. Now that he is going again they’re crying that he’s getting too much media coverage.
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