McCain on Torture: A Stain on our National Honor, Produces Misleading Info

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) | —

Candidate for the best American speech of this decade:

“As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report roiled Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. John McCain framed the argument as one of moral clarity, all the while bumping up against his party leaders.

“I rise in support of the release, the long-delayed release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists,” the Arizona Republican said on the Senate floor. “I believe the American people have a right, indeed responsibility, to know what was done in their name, how these practices did or did not serve our interests, and how they comported with our most important values.”

McCain, who spent five-and-a-half years in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War and endured unspeakable torture, is virtually unassailable on the issue. His comments put him back in the maverick role, at least in relation to the chamber’s internal politics, that has long defined his congressional career.”

McCain: CIA Torture Policies ‘Stained Our National Honor’

8 Responses

  1. So much of what goes on in politics is personal. Only someone who has actually been tortured can really speak honestly to the issue, and oppose his own party line. I doubt that his neocon, chickenhawk shadow Lindsay Graham will agree with him on this one.

  2. Ross Turnbull

    Yes(!) to “unassailable” McCain: “…the American people have a right, indeed responsibility, to know what was done in their name.”

    • And to bring all those responsible to trial and punishment. Preventing these crimes against our country from happening, again.

      There, finished a good comment.

      No need to thank.

  3. American “honor” took a vacation shortly after the end of WWII. It had been packing its bags a couple of decades before that.

  4. Why do you have to have experienced trauma in order to feel compassion for others? What if you’ve never experienced gun violence and support gun control laws? Frankly I find that those who’ve gone through these trials are motivated by personal aggrandizement and are less credible.

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