Is John McCain becoming a caricature of himself? And in so doing is he diminishing his image as a true American hero?
One can never take away the loyalty he showed for his men while a prisoner in Vietnam, but there is more than an act of bravery that defines a man's character. I'm beginning to wonder about this one. No. I have been wondering - but the spiral is on a downward trend and that is the tragedy.
Remember when John McCain said this, "Waterboarding is a form of torture no matter how it is done and should be a prohibited among U.S. military interrogation practices.
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.
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.”
Yesterday the Senate voted on an intelligence bill, guaranteed to get a Presidential veto, that included banning the use of waterboarding by all 16 of our intelligence agencies. Candidate McCain voted against that bill.
What possible explanation can explain away this "flip flop"? What possible nuance could make it acceptable in any form?
While this bit of information is sinking in, rumors have begun that McCain may resign his Senate seat this summer so he can concentrate full time on the campaign. Remember Bob Dole? Though he says he has "no current plans" to do so, the caveat sounds like Larry Craig telling us it was his "intention" to resign his seat. We all know how that one went!
Of course, he just may. By so doing he would be able to avoid future votes that might prove embarrassing and perhaps quell our probing of the man and his motives.