Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Unimpressed, and a little scared.

The GOP candidates 'debated' for the second time last night. I was out on my roof having a glass of wine after having driven home from New York, and skipped actually watching it. Lucky for me, I have the Internet, and can just read about it today.

Quite the unimpressive lot, don't you think. Even Ron Paul can't seem to get off Iraq and get on to other Libertarian points - maybe even talk about Liberty on a conceptual level, then tie it to illegal and unconstitutional attacks on nations that pose no threat to the US whatsoever...


This paragraph scared me:
Mr. McCain, who was tortured for years as a Vietnam prisoner of war, reiterated the anti-torture position he prominently took in Senate debate over a detainee-treatment law -- and which, he noted, was supported by senior military officials. By torture, the nation would "never gain as much as we'd lose in world opinion," he said, and "the more physical pain you inflict…the more they're going to tell you what they think you want to hear."

But Mr. McCain was alone, as the other candidates took hardline positions that pleased the conservative crowd. Mr. Giuliani said he would tell interrogators "they should use every method they could think of." Mr. Romney said "we should double Guantanamo" to hold more detainees -- far away from access to U.S. lawyers. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback retorted, "Is it about U.S. lives, or how you're going to be perceived in the world?" Mr. Tancredo quipped that faced with suspects who might have information about an attack, "I'm looking for Jack Bauer at that time" -- a reference to the star character in the hit Fox TV drama "24" who often tortures suspects for information.

Scared me a lot.

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