Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Senator McCain: Hurting the troops to save the terrorists?
In a perfect world the defense budget is approved by 1 October, the beginning of the Government's fiscal year. In the real world, Congress is always late and the military can't lift a finger on any new program or initiative until they settle their political squabbles. It is now mid-December, and we have yet to get a budget passed.
Of course there's always a hold up, whether political or not, that keeps things tied up. This time around it's Senator John McCain's insistence in adding an amendment to the defense budget that states the U.S. can't torture people or be inhumane, no matter the circumstances or situation, ever. This is obviously not a defense budget issue, yet McCain chose this high profile bill to help further his self-perceived noble cause.
From a worker bee's standpoint, I do what I'm told and I play the hand I'm dealt, period. Yet from an outsider's perspective, John McCain is single-handedly setting back countless efforts by the military to develop and field better weapons, purchase improved protective gear that could save lives, buy new equipment that is necessary to keep our nuclear missiles in working order, etc etc. The list is endless.
Excuse my being blunt, but Senator McCain, who is so concerned about protecting those who want to destroy our society and kill every one of us, is screwing the military over in a big way. Thanks to his self-promoting amendment, some Air Force planes will be grounded, some Navy Ships will remain in dry docks, and some high-tech Marine or Army protective gear will remain on the drawing board.
My job as an Air Force Captain is to help develop and acquire items that are needed to help win the Global War on Terrorism. Instead of doing my job, I've spent the last two months sitting on my ass and twiddling my thumbs because John McCain wants to ban the Government from spanking or using wooden paddles against the bad guys, something schools still do to unruly children in a few states.
That doesn't mean I can't do my part in outing self-promoting, self-absorbed, egotistical, power hungry, and asinine bureaucrats and the damage their causing to our nations military.
posted by El Capitan at 10:36 AM
I'm with ya on this. John McCain is a self-righteous douche-bag. I dislike him about as much as I do the Hilldabeast.
El Capitan, You can add me to agreeing with you. You would think, that John McCain, who spent how many years in the Hanoi(?) Hilton would be against torture? It worked on him, and it surely works on the TERRORIST's who are trying to bring our country down. Who gives a rat a@@ if it isn't POLITICALLY CORRECT to torture these sumbags. Its WAR! Sheesh. I also agree with zopher about not trusting McCain. And I cringe thinking that Hitlery might get into the White House. Makes me want to puke!
Ditto and ditto!! McCain is entirely too fond of the camera for me to trust him at all. It's perverted to tie that dumbass pc torture bill to the Defense Budget. I personally don't much care what's done to a Terrorist in an attempt to get info. Congress has just about lost it's collective mind! Did we elect these guys?7:50 PM
Glad we all agree on this...
McCain seems like a bitter, jaded man. Get over it. He still hasn't gotten over losing to W. If Arizona John were the President he would be defending this and, we'd all better believe him because he was tortured himself, that it is in the best interests of freedom!
I can guarantee you one thing, there isn't a single person in one of our "secret prisons" that is a good person. You don't get on the watch list of any acronym-agency-wearing-ear-pieces by being an upstanding citizen.
Maybe McCain better take a good long look at how the US was doomed to repeat the history of Pearl Harbor on 9/11 because we didn't learn from it!!!
Cut more Intelligence spending smart guy; it's worked just great so far!
We need people that will live lives of lies and deceit to do the things that we can't/won't do and that keep us all warm and safe without knowing the necessary evils they must endure.
You need to read McCain's recent article in Newsweek, first of all, because you have a warped view of this man's intentions. McCain is not "protecting those who want to destroy our society." And his cause is not "self-perceived," though it is noble; he has broad backing from numerous Congressmen and 28 former high-ranking military officers, including a former commander of CENTCOM and a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Furthermore, you need to open your eyes to the military and political implications of this issue. Any intelligence we derive from torture is dubious at best, and the ramifications it has domestically and internationally far outweigh the potential costs of any terrorist attack that MIGHT be prevented by use of these barbaric methods. In short, I think you're a friggin' idiot who condones sub-human behavior when there is no empirical evidence to support the claim that torture is an effective method. And this is coming from a student at an elite liberal arts college and a Marine Corps officer candidate, just so you know.3:32 AM