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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

can Bush legally admit that McCain was tortured?

source: wikimediaWhen Fred Thompson was speaking at the GOP convention yesterday I couldn't help but think about McCain's record on torture. He was against it before he was for it. That is, before he became the Capitulator (tm).

Andrew Sullivan has been noting some of these same things, I've been enjoying his take on the election the past couple of weeks.
The techniques described in detail by Fred Thompson - another person who avoided the word "torture" - are exactly the torture techniques authorized by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. I'm not sure whether avoiding the t-word is deliberate. I'm just as unsure whether either Bush or Thompson got the irony.*
When Bush spoke to the convention, he referred to McCain's torture as "beatings and isolation". Sullivan speculates, "The reason he put it this way is that if he describes what was done to McCain as torture, he has incriminated himself for war crimes."

Andrew Sullivan's post - Bush: "McCain Wasn't 'Tortured'"

I sorta doubt that Bush saying the word "torture" in regard to what happened to McCain would incriminate him but it's still more important than all the nonsense involving Palin (though some of that has some infotainment value, I mostly just feel sorry for her family like Dr. Laura does).

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