Monday, August 31, 2009

Good for John McCain

"Military necessity does not admit of cruelty nor of torture to procure confessions." - Abraham Lincoln

I like John McCain. I'm still not sure I forgive him for foisting Sarah Palin on us but, none the less, I respect him and admire his ability to speak his mind and hold to his beliefs even when they conflict with his party's position. I don't know how many times I've said I think the biggest mistake the GOP ever made was in NOT nominating him in 2000. Think what a different world we would live in had he been in charge on September 11, 2001.

So, I want to say I admire him for speaking out on Face the Nation about the upcoming torture investigations. Like him, I have mixed feelings about opening that particular Pandora's Box but I also think we, as a nation, have to affirm what happened was wrong and it will never happen again.

I was disgusted by Chris Wallace's pandering, fawning, obsequious interview with Dick Cheney Sunday. In the interview Wallace asked Cheney, "even these cases where they went beyond the specific legal authorization, you're OK with it?" To which Cheney replied, "I am." So there you have it: the former vice president of the United States admits on national television that he is just fine with flouting to the Rule of Law. Who in their right mind could hear that and not realize he is an admitted and proud war criminal?

So, thank you, Senator McCain, for saying that what Cheney and his thugs did was a violation of the Geneva Convention and thank you for saying that our nation was deeply, deeply harmed by this. Thank you for having the courage and the integrity to say what happened was wrong. If our country as a whole could be as courageous and honest as you, that would be enough for me.

Thanks for reading.

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