December 14, 2005

"This is a stick in McCain's eye."

Ouch. Can we refrain from using torture metaphors when we're actually talking about torture? I mean cruel and inhumane treatment metaphors when we're actually talking about cruel and inhumane treatment....

That quote is from a "defense official" in this NYT article:
The Army has approved a new, classified set of interrogation methods that may complicate negotiations over legislation proposed by Senator John McCain to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in American custody, military officials said Tuesday....

Some military officials said the new guidelines could give the impression that the Army was pushing the limits on legal interrogation at the very moment when Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, is involved in intense three-way negotiations with the House and the Bush administration to prohibit the cruel treatment of prisoners.

In a high-level meeting at the Pentagon on Tuesday, some Army and other Pentagon officials raised concerns that Mr. McCain would be furious at what could appear to be a back-door effort to circumvent his intentions.

6 comments:

wildaboutharrie said...

Odd - the manual prohibits sleep deprivation. I mean, it IS painful, as any new parent knows (I'm living it today), but not on a par with some of what has been reported. So what IS in there that would infuriate McCain?

erp said...

Sen. McCain, we honor you for your service to our country, you have earned your rest, so please leave the public stage now and stop making things worse.

Steve Barton said...

Mark Salter, Mr. McCain's chief of staff, said "This is politically obtuse and damaging,"...in a telephone interview. "The Pentagon hasn't done one molecule of political due diligence on this."

Hmm, the Army is trying to prosecute the war and Mr. Salter is plainly stating that Senator McCain's ego has not been stroked enough.

What erp said.

Becker said...

I would suggest that the policy be framed in a way that allows the use of any technique used on our own troops in basic, advanced infantry, specops and SERE training.

If the policy is left open ended without specific definitions, our ability to gather intelligence will shortly be zero.

Charles said...

What McCain is really mad about is that the Army outsmarted him by thinking up things that aren't in his rules. That's a problem with listing the things forbidden in a law, someone will figure out ways around it.

Poor John. The Chinese, Soviet, and North Vietnamese mind games are finally catching up with him.

DaveG said...

Mr. McCain would be furious

Which in my book simply means they must be doing something right.