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Cheerleading for Torture

Yesterday, Pat Buchanan stated on TV that the person who attempted to blow up an airliner, but only succeeded in burning his own crotch off, be denied pain medication for his burns as part of “hostile interrogation.”

And then he added with a straight face “I’m not arguing for torture.”

It is interesting that the Bush administration always claimed “The United States doesn’t torture”, but now some Republicans are openly advocating it. Are these people so absolutely stupid that they believe that waterboarding someone would have prevented this incident?

Not only that, but the attempted bomber is already cooperating with the authorities. What would be the purpose of torturing him? Some sick need for adolescent macho posturing?



  1. Spork wrote:

    I find your leap of association rather interesting. One Conservative talking head mentions an intolerant, torture advocating position, you assume the entire Republican party is behind it.

    …Seriously now?

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    From the article linked to in my original post:

    Nevertheless, Buchanan hasn’t been the only Republican arguing for a return to inhumane lawlessness in the aftermath of the failed attack. Appearing on CNN, supposedly moderate Republican Tom Ridge said of Abdulmutallab: “He’s a terrorist, and I don’t think he deserves the full range of protections of our criminal justice system embodied in the constitution of the United States.” Over at the National Review, former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen – who once argued that torturing suspected terrorists who haven’t been convicted of anything was necessary because of their religion – declared that the US “no longer” interrogates terror suspects.

    Not to mention Cheney, who doesn’t want to give suspected terrorists any rights, such as the right to a lawyer.

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  3. Bump wrote:

    “Are these people so absolutely stupid……” yes. yes they are.

    Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 2:53 am | Permalink