Who gets to define torture?
There’s a lot being said over waterboarding. Michael Mukasey’s nomination is said to be “drowning” over this one single issue. Joe Biden and Patrick Leahy, who are prone to oppose just about anything for the sake of politics, are “concerned” that Mukasey, rather than completely cowering and denouncing PC-torture-procedure-of-the-day, stated he’d rather look at each instance as it occurs to see what laws were broken. Imagine that, a lawyer who’d rather look at the facts as opposed to publicly pinning himself in a corner. How stupid can he be? Leahy and Biden could care less about circumstances, they want to define what the military can or can not do in a way that strikes back to the days of “the wall“. It was the pandering of the CIA director to a political flunky to the Attorney General that led to the events of 9/11. Biden and Leahy were here then. They should know as well or better than anyone what happens when politicians wank security and defense issues.
But that’s exactly what they are doing now. And no one is calling their bluff. They are trying to micro-manage our ability to collect information by pinning this entire nomination on one issue that is probably never used and very few people even know what it is. The next nomination, if Mukasey fails, will know they have to pander to Biden and Leahy in order to get the nomination. That scares me folks.
Even if we never do waterboarding ( whatever the hell that is ), I’d like for our enemies to at least think we did on a very regular basis. Biden and Leahy would like them to think that if they do get caught, they’ll get a vacation where they’re well-fed, rested, and primed and ready to go at it again.
That’s just stupid.
I’d be more concerned if I thought Biden had a ghost chance in hell of winning.