Sen. John McCain is a self-described maverick who is not afraid to ‘offend’ the leadership of his own party. He’s a complex man who often drifts to both sides of an issue, especially during an election year. There is one issue, however, on which McCain is steadfast- torture. He has always spoken out against the use of torture, clearly because he was its victim during the Vietnam War.
On Thursday, John McCain walked to the microphone on the floor of the U.S. Senate to restate his position on that subject. It was the same theme, the same intention, the same wisdom that he has always offered on the subject- don’t do it. The made three points. First, it is immoral and illegal. Second, it gives our enemies the right to torture our POWs. Third, it doesn’t work. This last point, of course, goes against the rhetoric of late coming from the mouths of the former members of the GW Bush White House. Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, Rove and others made the spin circuit shortly after the death of bin Laden touting the idea that torture [aka enhanced interrogation techniques] led to the killing of OBM. Interestingly, both Cheney and Rumsfeld both stated that they used torture, a statement that opens the door for international prosecution.
Right-wing blogs lit up with joy after this cadre boasted of their role in the death of bin Laden. It was a “USA! USA!” moment for these right-wingers who, for those 8 ugly years, clung to the Bush Team through thick and thin, absorbing each piece of propaganda like a thirsty sponge. These right-wingers are thirsty for ‘victory.’ After losing both the birther and deather scenarios, the Bush torture ‘victory’ was just what they needed to keep that black man in his place.
I may venture into that dark, dank realm of right-wing delusion today to read their hate of McCain for ‘outing’ the Bush Team on the torture issue. They lose quite poorly, much like adolescents. Three in a row, however, will surely knock them off of their righteous pedestals. But not for long. Just as a cornered animal seeks many avenues of escape, I’m sure that we will not have to wait too long for yet one more attempt by the right-wing to discredit this president.