September 17, 2006

News Analysis: Bush has been pressing for torture bill that supports “overall humane, give or take,” treatment of detainees and prisoners

Posted in political satire at 11:44 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

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by Tom Toburn

Congress has been all atwitter this last week with the stand many Senators are taking against Presidential prerogative in the war on terror.  It has given many “dead-enders” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham new life.  But speaking out against torture by be in vogue and de rigeur as seen by many in the Washington punditocracy, but what are these opportunists reallysaying in opposing the President with this “psuedo”-principled stand?

Very little, it seems.  For one thing, Bush has been pressing for a torture bill that supports “overall humane, give or take,” treatment of detainees and prisoners.  Also, within the last week, the President has been very clear that he is not asking for the right to torture.  “I am not talking about torture.  These are just an alternative set of procedures, ‘extraordinary measures,’ if you will.”

As I have said in this column often in the past, if we are unwilling to trust our own President at his word in what he has told us is a “war” on terrorism, this will be at our peril.

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