Wednesday, May 18, 2011

McCain Spokesperson Delivers Appropriate Response to Santorum (The Person)

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 8:58 AM

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A follow up to yesterday's post about former Senator Rick Santorum's questioning of whether Senator John McCain understands the logistics of torture, from the Washington Post:

McCain, of course, has direct experience of this process. He has even written that he did not become cooperative under “enhanced interrogation” at all, and in fact gave his tormentors false information to get them to stop.

So I asked McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan for a response to Santorum. She emailed a one word reply:

Who?

This exchange perfectly captures how unmoored from reality the debate over torture has become. One of the primary practical arguments against torture — as opposed to moral ones — is that it produces unreliable information. That’s a case that McCain’s personal story has left him very well equipped to make. But some on the right are so heavily invested in their own fantasy version of torture — or are just reflexively defending it because they can’t fathom a world in which Bush doesn’t get credit for killing Bin Laden — that McCain’s actual experience of it simply doesn’t figure into the debate in any way.

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