Friday, February 15, 2008

McCain and Waterboarding

Many conservatives have complained about John McCain’s opposition to waterboarding. McCain is absolutely against it. Many conservatives consider waterboarding an important national security measure, and one that should be a major argument against McCain.
John McCain deserves a great deal of the rancor he receives from conservatives, but they are wrong to make so much of this issue. Personally, I support the use of (very) limited waterboarding. However, this is indisputably a very complex, difficult moral issue. Given McCain’s experiences as a Vietnam POW, his opposition to anything close to torture is understandable. While I don’t agree with him on this issue, I can respect his beliefs regarding waterboarding.

Many conservatives do not, however, and their reasons for doing so are almost as confusing as Hillary Clinton’s stance on Iraq. According to these types, waterboarding is essential for our national defense, and we hardly ever use it anyway. They are right about the “hardly ever use it” part, as the United States has employed waterboarding for less than five minutes over the entire extent of the War on Terror, and it has been used on only three of Al-Qaeda’s worst, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and Abu Zubaydah. It makes one wonder why, if waterboarding is used so rarely, it is such a point of contention with so many. Can something used to rarely really be absolutely essential? It is undoubtedly a nice option for interrogators, but a ban on waterboarding probably would not greatly affect the War on Terror one way or the other.

Conservatives have a multitude of reasons to oppose John McCain. Waterboarding should not be one of them. It is not such a clear-cut moral issue that anyone could reasonably say that their stance is absolutely, undoubtedly right. Conservatives should remind themselves of McCain’s flaws, but should be fair in doing so.


At February 15, 2008 at 10:02 AM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hi Daniel...I dont oppose waterboarding terrorists one bit !..great post and ty for keepin the good fight!

At February 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Beth said...

For me it's not the issue of McCain not liking waterboarding as much as it's a sign that he cannot always be objective. He doesn't promote conservatism, and the core principles are consistent with a certain way of thinking. If I cannot trust McCain to be consistent, then what good is having him in office to conservatism or to our country as a whole?

At February 15, 2008 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Here is what I dont get, the Terrorists can sit our captives (POW's) in front of a video camera for propaganda purposes, then proceed to slice off thier heads and send the video to Al-Jazeera.

And McCain has an issue with some water splashed on someone's face for oh what about 2 minutes? WOW! To me that is NOT Torture, although he being a man held in Viet Nam as a Prisoner of War, I can understand why he feels the way he does.

If it's going to save lives I say DO IT!

See this is where me and MCcain have issues.

However I have a plan :-)

I am going to call his office and email him (CONSTANTLY) and tell him the ONLY way I am going to vote for him is if GITMO is off the table, it stays. And Waterboarding stays!! Build the damn fence, and enforce the laws we already have on the books for illegal aliens.

All the home stuff will fall into place.

I will vote for him of course because the last thing I want is for this Country to fall into Liberal hands once again.

We have already seen where that got us and it takes years to recover from them.

But McCain doesnt know this, so I am going to make him EARN my vote.

He has to reach across the isle to us Conservatives more so than he has to reach across the isle to Independents and Reagan Democrats.

Because if we dont vote for McCain what the hell have we got left?

You know Hillary (Which I think is pretty much done now) or Obama will take us back to the past and we will get attacked repeatedly. Our Military will be stripped to the bone, and we will go back to a Police Action against terrorists instead of taking the fight elsewhere besides American soil.

Not to mention future events like SCOTUS, Taxes, etc..

But I will be damned if my son who just got called back up (He's in the Army) has to answer to someone named "President Obama"!!

At February 16, 2008 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Obob said...

I agree with Marie in my concern of attaks with Hillary or Obama in charge. Going to the table with them means nothing. You have to go to the mattresses. GW has. and my prayers are with your son Marie for his saftey

At February 19, 2008 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Thank You Obob :-)

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