The one line from an amazing speech on the Senate floor Thursday from Senator John McCain needs to be known to all.
“In short, it was not torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden.”
I was very pleased with the words, tone, and message that McCain used. I wish he could be like this everyday, as the nation needs real leadership from the Republican side of the aisle.
McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has always opposed the U.S. use of waterboarding and other abusive techniques employed after the 9/11 attacks—banned by President Obama when he took office–to elicit information from detainees.
What McCain was stating is quite simple. There is no no place for torture in the military arena. None.
We are better than those in the world who do employ such tactics. I am still one of those who actually does think my country, even though we have made some grievous errors, is still a truly remarkable place, and a sign of hope to many others around the globe. To lower our standards and employ the most degrading and dehumanizing methods to illicit information, which very well may be faulty and unusable, is a vile exercise.