Skip to comments.Torturing The Truth (CBS' Meyer: President Bush Has Lied And Continues To Do So)
Posted on 09/08/2006 4:37:06 AM PDT by frankjr
"I've said to people we don't torture. And we don't."
That's what President Bush told Katie Couric yesterday.
That was a very odd thing to say on the very day his Pentagon repudiated interrogation "techniques" it had been using and embraced international standards for humane treatment of all detainees in military custody. These standards, by the way, will still not apply to detainees in CIA custody who can still be subjected to "techniques" translation: torture.
The president also told Ms. Couric that one of the things he felt badly about from his tenure was Abu Ghraib. Now Abu Ghraib was where torture was photographed and then shown to the world. Similar torture was carried out, we learned, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
But, "I've said to people we don't torture. And we don't."
What is being tortured here is the truth.
Now, foes of President Bush are indignant that he can "get away with it." They blame a biased press, a manipulative regime and, I suppose, an electorate they see as ignorant.
The president's defenders also blame a biased press. They split hairs about what torture is sleep deprivation is OK, but jumper cables aren't. They also argue that torture may be justified in some cases, though that is not really what the president himself has asserted.
This is a fool's errand. Voters already have a very modest opinion of the Democrats' national security credentials, and that will not change in this election cycle. Most voters also have settled views on the threat of Islamist terrorism.
What is unsettled for voters is their view of the president's and the administration's honesty and competence in combating what it calls the "great battle of the 21st century."
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Torture is torture. For America to maintain our moral authority, we must not use the brutal and inhumane tactics that we seek to eliminate.
This is one of the girly men that cried to mommy about his 'hazing' to get into a frat.
Abu Ghraib has been returned to the Iraqis and they have resumed HANGING bad guys by the neck until they are dead. I am sure those 27 would have preferred to be humiliated.
And now she's out there campaigning against the President and torturing
I kid you not. A true DUmmie.
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