Now that President Bush has sent his legislation up to the hill, the democrats are left caterwauling. They have used the most common of liberal techniques to diffuse the issue. They are attempting to win public support from people who hate Bush so much that they ignore national security and regularly support the Al Qaeda position. Pathetically, the democrats claim that President Bush is trying to legalize torture. Not that it would stop any liberal desperately hungry for power, but their characterization of interrogation techniques used during and since World War II as torture is blatantly false. The liberals, along with their allies in the media, are trying to “pull a fast one” on the American people, and McCain and Company have placed themselves in the crossfire purposefully.
As media darlings, McCain and Company are caught up in the liberal miasma inside the beltway. They want to appear like giant mavericks of our time, and see themselves as the heirs to Henry Clay, Lyndon Johnson, and other great compromisers of the past. McCain and Company ignore two factors that make our situation unique today: Clay and Johnson served in time when sincerity and diligence characterized the behind the scenes efforts of elected leaders. Secondly, and more significantly, none of these great compromisers served in a time of war.
The Supreme Court said that the President needs a law, so George Bush is forcing the congress to step up to the plate and specify which techniques they will legalize, and which of the techniques constitute torture. Funny thing, now that the ball is clearly in their court, the democrats, joined by McCain and Company want to write a law so vague and imprecise that the legislation is useless in fighting the terrorists. While it is probably terrible for the security of our nation, congress has been forced by the Supreme Court to be accountable for interrogation techniques, and Bush is forcing them to write a detailed bill specifying the legal interrogation strategies.
Rather then write a law drawn in meaningless platitudes that leaves and promotes a ready made platform for all the critics of the administration to continue to exploit interrogation techniques for political gain and rhetorical points, President Bush is demanding a law that leaves no technique to the imagination. President Bush has called their bluff: he is demanding a clear standard.
The senators have even publicly stated that they will not trap the CIA agents or military personnel into legal culpability as long as they can produce a bill that is vague and leaves the senators free from any responsibility. It is sadly comedic that the senators refuse to take a stand when our nation is at war. The democrats used the Supreme Court to bash the President, however when the duty in on McCain and Company they abdicate all responsibility.
President Bush should win. President Bush will win. American military and intelligence personnel will win, and the United States will win. If the President does not win this legislative battle, he will win big in the November elections. It seems that the liberals have misunderestimated George W. Bush again.
Additional Reading: William Kristol:The Trap, The Washington Times, The New York Post, Previously at Thespis Journal.
Also: Dr. Sanity, Hot Air, MsUnderestimated, TMH Bacon Bits, Stuck on Stupid, JunkYard Blog,
Red State, The Absurd Report, More from the Absurd Report, The BullWinkle Blog.