This post from my friends at Red State is a snapshot of everything that is wrong with the current Republican party:
John McCain is a fool. He is also a charlatan. He is convinced that the world would be better off if everyone agreed with him and has set about to make it so. When McCain was accurately criticized by third party interest groups, he set about restricting the first amendment. Now, because he was a prisoner of war who was tortured, he has decided to take moral high ground on how the United States treats enemy terrorists, though the United States does not torture terrorists. Nonetheless, McCain has chosen to believe terrorists in captivity and reporters bent on destroying the war effort than the military personnel who are keeping us safe.
John McCain is attempting to add to the appropriations process a provision that would prohibit the United States from doing to captured terrorists those things we are prohibited from doing to American citizens under the 5th, 8th, or 14th amendments to the United States Constitution. We will, in effect, be giving constitutional protections to enemy terrorists who, when given the opportunity, slowly saw off the heads (graphic violence) of captured Americans.
McCain wants to take the high ground. He also wants favorable media attention. The media has been trumpeting unproven stories for some time now that accuse the United States of torturing captured terrorists. Most of the so called “torture” is not torture. In fact, many of the techniques our military uses are designed to wear down the ideologically hardened terrorists who will not talk and have been trained to endure multiple forms of harassment and abuse.
The post then goes on to show graphic pictures of what terrorists want to do to innocents, as if that ‘proves’ anything.
I carry no real torch for McCain, as he lost me a long time ago with McCain-Feingold. But to reduce McCain’s opposition to government sanctioned torture (yes, Blanton, even to ‘captured terrorists’) to a desire to receive favorable press attention is obscene.
And that isn’t even taking into account the rest of the trope offered up in the post.