He has been pushing his so-called torture ban and unbeknownst to me the senate had already approved it by 90-9. (My senators better be two of the 9 or they'll be hearing from me.) And yesterday the House gave veto-proof support for it by 308-122. So even though I was upset with W yesterday I now realize he was backed into a corner. He had been trying to weaken the measure but to no avail. In an article this is what McCain said about his ridiculous ban:
"The deal shows that the United States "upholds values and standards of behavior and treatment of all people, no matter how evil or bad they are," McCain said Thursday. The agreement will "help us enormously in winning the war for the hearts and minds of people throughout the world in the war on terror."
I apologize for my language but this is complete BS. This does nothing more than weaken the U.S. and endanger the lives of our soldiers. Instead of being able to press terrorists for info that will save lives they will be able to get a lawyer and whine about their inhumane treatment. Meanwhile the terrorists don't bat an eye as they behead innocent men and women. I'm sorry but this WILL NOT help us "win the hearts and minds of people around the world". They all hate us and this will probably lower their respect level for us. You want your enemies to fear you, not think you are kind to terrorists.
McCain thinks he has a chance at the Republican nomination in 2008. Hah!!! I was talking to a friend of mine this summer after McCain had stabbed conservatives in the back with his judicial filibuster compromise. She is normally a pretty laid back person but we both agreed Over my dead body is McCain getting the Republican nomination in 2008. I know this is strong language but I despise McCain. He has done more to damage this country than a lot of democrats. The main mistake I think W has made as President is when he agreed to McCain's campaign finance bill. The last time I checked free speech was protected in the constitution. All of this to say McCain wins my GMWAS award today, hands down.
In other bad news the Patriot Act was not renewed today. This is a huge blow to the war on terror and very disappointing to me. So I guess we've had good news and bad news this week.