So, GOTP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum actually said Tuesday that John McCain, the man who spent 5 1/2 years enduring incredible torture at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors in the Hanoi Hilton, doesn’t know how effective waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques can be?
Really, is it possible there can be anyone more ignorant than Rick Santorum?
Of course Santorum’s ignorance doesn’t end with simply saying absurdly stupid things about John McCain, he also insists “enhanced interrogation” (torture) led the United States to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
McCain has repudiated any such nonsense and said in a speech last week that waterboarding al-Qaida’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, did not provide information that led to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
McCain said he asked CIA Director Leon Panetta for the facts, and that the hunt for bin Laden did not begin with fresh information from Mohammed. In fact, the name of bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, never came from Sheikh Mohammed, but from a different detainee held in another country.
“Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information,” McCain said.
In an interview with far right-wing evangelical radio host Hugh Hewitt Santorum said McCain was wrong.
“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,” Santorum said. “And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he (McCain) 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,” said Santorum.
He added: “Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden.”
Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for McCain, said Tuesday she would not dignify Santorum’s comments with a response.
Well, that’s OK Ms. Buchanan I will. Santorum is another in a long line of right-wing conservatives who have never served one day in uniform, but who claim to love their country. Like other so-called “great Americans” he was too busy. But he will claim someone like John McCain, “doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works.” Santorum needs to have his head extracted from his fourth point of contact, and he needs to shut up.
So-called “enhanced interrogation” is illegal and immoral. There is no defense of its use and anyone who supports it, or who advocates it, does not understand what it is, and does not understand that American personnel should not, and must not ever torture prisoners; those who would torture, or who would want others to do so, in order to be safe do not deserve to be safe, and are not worthy of the liberties they claim to cherish.