We all know what happened in Ohio, but here's some of the testimony videoed.
-also check out Bill Maher on "Jesus Camp"....more unbelievable and threatening than the madrasses in Pakistan!
Republicans have become so accustomed to using the phrase "cut and run" that they probably mumble it while sleeping and their childlike leader, George W. Bush, babbled it again yesterday, saying at yet another GOP fundraiser that "the party of FDR and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run."
That takes a ton of nerve coming from a Chickenhawk like Bush, who used Daddy's connections to avoid Vietnam and then went AWOL from his cushy stateside post. But we've heard that empty phrase from the cretins in the right-wing of the Republican party so many times that it barely even registers any longer.
They like to question the courage and patriotism of Democrats for being unwilling to shed more American blood and waste billions more on a pointless war, that the country was lied into and that's made us far less safe and more despised throughout the world. Aside from the fact that the majority of Americans no longer support the Iraq war -- and, thus, they must all be cut-and-run defeatists as well -- it is the Republicans who have shown themselves to be the lily-livered cowards among us.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their whole craven cabal are scared stiff -- and they want us to all be very afraid as well. How frightened are they? They're so afraid that they are willing to go against everything this country stands for, in a blind panic that they think will somehow protect their sorry asses from the big, bad terrorist bullies.
They are so damn scared that they're willing to take a country that was founded on individual liberty and turn it into a police state -- all out of fear.
So they respond to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda attacking our country -- and, according to Bush, "our way of life" -- by putting their collective tails between their legs and abandoning the very core principles crafted by the founding fathers to embody "our way of life."
and McCain, the quintessential Republican whore...
How do you lie and manipulate? You just do. You just stand up on the senate floor and lie. First video, McCain a week ago saying that there will be no waterboarding (i.e. torture).
Second video is McCain on the senate floor, voting against amendments that would prohibit waterboarding and saying that he looks forward to following the Geneva Conventions. Don't hold your breath Mr. McCain (our soldiers who are captured and subjected to this will have to do enough of that).
The third is a scene from Jacob the Liar, via Howie Klein, depicting waterboarding.
And, finally, the answer: Presidential ambitions. Sucking up to the Christian Right. Making peace with torture. A man once tortured turns into a torturer. If there is a better definition of tragedy, I'd like to see it in comments.
Here's a snippet from Wikipedia on McCain's torture in Vietnam which not only is now okay with him, but also puts the lie to the effectiveness of torture:
Once McCain arrived at the Hanoi Hilton, he was placed in a cell and interrogated daily. When McCain refused to provide any information to his captors, he was beaten until he lost consciousness.
When the North Vietnamese discovered his father was the Commander-in- Chief, Pacific Command, (CINCPAC), in charge of all US forces in Vietnam, he was offered a chance to go home, in an effort to embarrass the American military. Senior POWs had ordered there would be no return home unless all POWs were permitted to, and McCain, as did most POWs, followed orders, and refused to be repatriated back to the United States.
McCain signed an anti-American propaganda message which was written in Vietnamese, but did so only as a result of torture (to this day, he cannot raise his arms above his head, due to his two broken shoulders from the severe beatings administered by the North Vietnamese).