I’d be the first to admit that John McCain isn’t one of my favorites when talking about politicians. He went from a real moderate that I could see in the White House to someone that decided to pander to the religious right while actually thinking that Sarah Palin would be a good Vice President.
One subject though that no one could say that McCain isn’t well versed in is torture, or as the Republican’s like to call it now, advanced interrogation techniques. So imagine my surprise when I read that GOP Presidential wannabe Rick Santorum said this during an interview with Hugh Hewitt:
HH: Now your former colleague, John McCain, said look, there’s no record, there’s no evidence here that these methods actually led to the capture or the killing of bin Laden. Do you disagree with that? Or do you think he’s got an argument?
RS: I don’t, everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that’s how we ended up with bin Laden.
So besides the fact that Santorum is factually wrong on what the results were from our torturing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as McCain himself points out, he then tries to tell us the man who went through 5 years of torture during his time as a POW doesn’t understand how it works. Really he actually said that.
McCain became so “broken” during torture he gave the Vietnamese just what they wanted, the starting offensive line for the Green Bay Packers!