Sen. John McCain may have surprised some of his Republican colleagues by his eloquent condemnation of torture as an offense against our "national honor."
He called the report released today by the outgoing chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee into the practice of torture used by the CIA against captured terrorists to be "thorough and thoughtful." The CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation" such as waterboarding , he said, ""stained our national honor, did much harm, and little practical good."
If America is to be better than its enemies, we must maintain a higher standard of behavior. "Our enemies act without conscience. We must not," he said.
It was a courageous, powerful, honest and persuasive statement.
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