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McCain Bashes Giuliani on Waterboarding


Wednesday night during a town hall meeting in Iowa, Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani was asked whether he thought waterboarding was torture and he had this tortured (sorry) reply:

"Well, I'm not sure it [waterboarding] is either. I'm not sure it is either. It depends on how it's done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it. I think the way it's been defined in the media, it shouldn't be done. The way in which they have described it, particularly in the liberal media. So I would say, if that's the description of it, then I can agree, that it shouldn't be done. But I have to see what the real description of it is. Because I've learned something being in public life as long as I have. And I hate to shock anybody with this, but the newspapers don't always describe it accurately."

He needs to see the "description" of how it's done? What planet has Rudy Giuliani been living on for the past 6 years? Rudy, read all about it here.

But if you don't believe me Rudy maybe you should listen to someone who actually wore the uniform of his country and was himself tortured as a prisoner in Vietnam:

"Anyone who knows what waterboarding is could not be unsure. It is a horrible torture technique used by Pol Pot and being used on Buddhist monks as we speak," said McCain after a campaign stop at Dordt College here.

"People who have worn the uniform and had the experience know that this is a terrible and odious practice and should never be condoned in the U.S. We are a better nation than that."

While Rudy was busy getting two student deferments and a civilian occupation deferment, John McCain was being regularly beaten into unconsciousness in the "Hanoi Hilton". Giuliani clearly hasn't even got the vaguest understanding of what waterboarding is and how it's done. McCain, unfortunately for him, knows all too well about these things.

Rudy Giuliani is a gutless coward and a mental midget. Isn't it high time the Republican voters show this idiot the door before he somehow becomes the next president of our country?

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Comments (2)

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

By pretending he didn't know what waterboarding was Rudy was able to reply without stating he was for it or against it.

It's a sign he's taking a frontrunner mentality and not being overly concerned with winning points with voters, but more concerned instead with not losing votes by saying the wrong thing. Clinton is in the same mode.

Or he's an idiot, which in his case is an equally plausible possibility.

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Yes, perhaps Hillary was perhaps a little mushy about this too, though a shade more taciturn, but Steve Benen has the obvious follow-up to McCain: 'If McCain thinks Giuliani "should know what waterboarding is," does McCain think the Attorney General nominee, Michael Mukasey should know, too? Apparently not.'


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