Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh, Deluded, Unelectable Rick Santorum!

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

You'd think that the fact that the candidacy of Donald Trump, about whom any number of wildly negative things can be said including just sticking to "reality show star", was taken vastly more seriously than his would be a sign, but Rick Santorum keeps plugging away at convincing people he might actually be a legitimate candidate for president. However, I know it's hip for Republicans to dismiss John McCain, but Santorum might want to defer to his expertise on torture:

John McCain has been on something of a crusade this week on the question of how we found Osama bin Laden, giving speeches and writing op-eds outlining his position that it was not torture of detainees that led the U.S. to its man.

Now comes presidential candidate and "enhanced interrogation" supporter Rick Santorum arguing on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that McCain simply "doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works." Yes, he's talking about the same John McCain who, in his five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, was interrogated during a program of beatings and torture.

Here's Santorum:

HH: Now your former colleague, John McCain, said look, there’s no record, there’s no evidence here that these methods actually led to the capture or the killing of bin Laden. Do you disagree with that? Or do you think he’s got an argument?

RS: I don’t, 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. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he 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.

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