August 5, 2005, - 8:31 am

Are John McCain & USA Today Insane?!: Rolling Over for Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel
A USA Today editorial, today, endorses John McCain’s absurd policy for handling prisoners. It would:
* Bar the military from treating detainees in “cruel, inhuman or degrading” ways.
HELLO? . . . Cruel, degrading? That could mean anything–like they didn’t like the Halal glazed chicken and preferred Baba Ghanoush. We might as well send detainees to Disney World. Or just not have detainees. Unbelievable. Are we fighting a war . . . or running Club Med?
* Require military interrogators to stick to Interrogation methods laid out in the Army field manual.
YES . . . that’s the way to get Mohamed Al-Kahtani–Osama Bin Laden’s driver, the 20th 9/11 hijacker–to talk. Read a manual (written who knows when). Gee, I’m sure the Qaeda people never read the field manual–in training to know how to resist U.S. interrogations.
The ludicrous USA Today editorial continues by decrying “disturbing details behind the questioning of Mohamed Al-Kahtani . . . which included treating the suspected Saudi terrorist as a dog.” And there’s something wrong with that?
Puh-leeze. I repeat, Al-Kahtani was Bin Laden’s driver and was supposed to be the 20th hijacker. Remember those 3,000 people that were killed? McCain and USA Today apparently had their memories erased.
Perfect timing for this editorial, too, since yesterday’s newly released Ayman Al-Zawahiri video promises more Al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S, calling the 9/11 casualties, “merely the losses from the initial clashes.” Use McCain’s USA Today recommended techniques, and we’ll NEVER find out any information that might prevent such attacks.
And McCain has the gall to compare his experiences as a POW in Vietnam to these cold-blooded killers in Gitmo. He owes his fellow Vietnam POWs a HUGE apology for this outrageous comparison.
“This is not about terrorists,” McCain said. “This is about who we are.” This man has been reading too many Dr. Phil books.
No, this IS about the terrorists, and whether we are fools and idiots who molly-coddle killers or responsible freedom-loving Americans who want to continue with those freedoms versus forced wearing of hijabs and kefiyehs.
USA Today stresses the tired, old political correctness about how our effective interrogation methods are “convincing Muslims that U.S. commitment to justice and human rights is hollow.” Huh? Is this publication actually saying that we need to convince those who behead the Nick Bergs and Paul Johnsons, etc., then parade their heads around on video, of OUR commitment to justice and human rights?
The only way to show our commitment to justice for the 3,000 people murdered on 9/11 is to do whatever it takes to make sure it never happens again.

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6 Responses

I thought all was fair in love in war. How soon we forget that those at Gitmo are enemy combatants with one single-minded purpose: to kill as many Americans as possible. If we in America insist on playing by an antiquated book while the extremists continue to resort to street fighting, perilous times are ahead.
I read somewhere that the Britons curtailed Islamic suicide bombers in the early 20th century by buring the remains in a coffin filled with pig guts. needless to say, the bombings stopped quickly.

rickzowie on August 5, 2005 at 12:48 pm

Amen, amen, and amen, Debbie.
Funny, but I never, ever hear any regular American not in the media who is opposed to the treatment of these terrorists. To a person everyone I’ve heard has no problem with our treatment of these thugs.
9/11 and about a month thereafter: “We will never forget.”
Since: “Huh?”

Jeff_W on August 5, 2005 at 2:36 pm

Let me go on the record by say that what I’ve seen of our treatment of the prisoners I don’t believe it to be torture. I do believe as a civilized country and the world superpower we have a resposibility to act above such behavior.
I believe John McCain has earned the right to say anything he wants about HIS expeience. This is a man who actually experienced combat. I don’t believe his not wanting to treat other humans inhumanly in any way erases the memories of those who died on September 11th. I don’t believe tourturing someone who had no involvment of September 11th is really going to get the job done. It just lowers us to their level.
I was one of the first who said “let’s nuke those bastards”, but that was a differnt country, with different people. Iraq was a diverson from Bush’s inability to find Bin Ladden. What about him…I thought he was the ring leader…where is he?

Cheezkid on August 5, 2005 at 3:03 pm

John McCain is a true American hero. When his country called…he answered. Unfortunately though, in his effort to position himself as a candidate in 2008, he has forgotten that we are at war. It seems that too many politicians are willing to compromise national security for political correctness.

MichaelRoland on August 5, 2005 at 4:07 pm

John McCain screws up

If senator John McCain of Arizona thinks he’s going to prove himself a worthy candidate for the 2008 elections, I’d say that the report USA Today gives about him recently (via Debbie Schlussel) proves otherwise.

Tel-Chai Nation on August 6, 2005 at 5:42 pm

rickzowie,
That reminds me of another article I read where in Israel they are supposedly experimenting with hanging pig flesh on buses to deter Islamic suicide bombers who are afraid of accidentally touching it (at least according to the article, it does not bother religious Jews on the buses because only eating the pig is the sin). I think it’s an urban legend but interesting….

hairymon on August 7, 2005 at 2:17 pm

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