Monday, April 14, 2008

McCain States The Obvious While Evading The Truth

McCain's Media Mancrush Continues:

Hey, thanks for taking that clear moral stand, but maybe next time you should admit you're afraid of being called a pussy by people who, in any other era of American politics, would be laughed out of public life.

McCain answers the right question the wrong way:

I’ve made it very clear, I’ve made it very clear in my statements and in my support of the Detainee Treatment Act, the Geneva Conventions, etc., that there may be some additional techniques to be used, but none of those would violate the Geneva Conventions, the Detainee Treatment Act…And we cannot ever, in my view, torture any American, that includes waterboarding.

Thanks for clearing that up. Now, if we had a working media, the clarification would be--do you support torturing people who are not American citizens? Would you authorize the torture of a detainee, irregardless of their nationality? Do you think that it means anything to specify that you won't torture an American when we have, in fact, one particular member of al Qaeda who was born in the United States?

You know, guys like this:

(AP) An American member of al Qaeda warned President Bush on Tuesday to end U.S. involvement in all Muslim lands or face an attack worse than the Sept. 11 suicide assault, according to a new videotape.

Wearing a white robe and a turban, Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who also goes by the name Azzam al-Amriki, said al Qaeda would not negotiate on its demands.

"Your failure to heed our demands ... means that you and your people will ... experience things which will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq and Virginia Tech," he said in the seven-minute video.

Gadahn, who has been charged in a U.S. treason indictment with aiding al Qaeda, spoke in English and the video carried Arabic subtitles. The video appeared on a Web site often used by Islamic militants and carried the logo of al Qaeda's media wing, as-Sahab.

So, guess what wingnuts? Your boy McCain was in the midst of another softball round of lovingly asked questions--and he said, point blank, he won't torture Americans. Good for him. It's a great start.

But if we ever get our hands on Aham Yehiye Gadahn, well, your President McCain isn't going to be able to turn his goons loose on him now.

h/t to thinkprogress...

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