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September 3, 2008

“Beatings and isolation”

Andrew Sullivan notes a glaring omission in President Bush’s delivery to the GOP convention last night:

Now have you ever heard someone recount what was done to John McCain in the Hanoi Hilton and not use the word “torture”? I haven’t. “Beatings and isolation” is a bizarre phrase to use to describe the torture that was done to John McCain. I’m sure McCain thinks so.

Am I being persnickety? As with the Trig story, there’s a very easy way to find out—if the press will simply do its job. 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.

In the past few years, I’ve found the neocon lexicon maddeningly perplexing, especially since most neocons eschew and condemn the language of political correctness. I mean, “enhanced/harsh interrogation techniques”? But now, reducing McCain’s and other POW’s experiences to “beatings and isolation” reeks of cynical double-talk.

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  1. Very, very good point. Good catch Andrew Sullivan and good catch C Squared. I’m always amazed at what the human psyche can ignore one really puts their mind to it.

    Posted by Klick on 09/04/08 at 01:09 PM

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