Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Here we go again.
Senator John "Squish" McCain, seeking to eclipse "Up" Chuck Schumer for face time in front of the MSM, has again injected himself into an issue with which he has some experience. He has introduced a bill in the Senate, which passed by a vote of 90-9, to ban "torture" of terrorist detainees.
While this looks good on paper and even better as a photo-op, the logic behind the Legislative branch dictating to the Commander In Chief of the Military terms under which prisoners may be interrogated is ludicrous at best. Today's politically correct frenchified pop culture defines torture as anything that might make the terrorist uncomfortable.
Under this definition, denying the terrorist lattes, culturally appropriate clothing and meals, or sleep could fall under the definition of torture.
Let's get a few things straight here. The people "detained" down at Club Gitmo and any other formerly secret detention facilities operated by the United States in other locations around the world are terrorists. They were captured either on the battlefield or in connection with terrorist activities elsewhere. They may or may not have information regarding future attacks on America or her interests and citizens abroad.
I am not concerned about their comfort. As a matter of fact, I hope they live in fear that the next person coming through their cell doorway will snap their neck and put them out of their misery. I don't want them knowing they are protected by some pseudo-intellectual so called enlightened group of Senators who want to make nice with the bleeding heart leftist movement.
It would do this group of people well to remember where United Flight 93 was headed. It would also do them well to know the small band of patriots weren't concerned about the feelings of the murdering thugs hijackers when they took the plane down.
W made a very bold statement yesterday on this issue. He said the following:
There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again. So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law.He also stated:
We do not torture.Unlike Prisoner I don't see a discrepancy in these two declarations. I believe you can aggressively pursue an enemy - detain, interrogate, and extract needed information from him without resorting to the type of torture McCain is so familiar with. Then again, Prisoner and I have very different definitions of torture.
Terrorists do not need to know the lengths to which we will go to extract information from them. One does not show his cards to an opponent and hope that knowledge won't be used against him.
Here endeth the lesson.