Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Conspicuously Missing T-Word

Not for the first time, Andrew Sullivan poses a powerful and timely question:

A White House reporter needs to ask the president, quite simply, if he believes that John McCain was tortured in Vietnam. Just ask. Use that specific word. See if he can answer.

The reason he put it this way, I infer, is that if he describes what was done to McCain as torture, he has incriminated himself for war crimes.
George W. Bush's speech to the Republican convention didn't use the word torture; nor did Fred Thompson's speech; nor did Joe Lieberman's speech.

The word torture has been air-brushed from Wide Stance political discourse, but that doesn't make the reality disappear. McCain was tortured in Vietnam, in violation of the conventions of war, but McCain and his party now excuse and perpetuate torture.

Disgusting.

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