April 19, 2009

The very sick and twisted Rush Limbaugh continues on his path to hell as his lunacy knows no limits:

LIMBAUGH: The idea that torture doesn’t work– that’s been put out from John McCain on down– You know, for the longest time McCain said torture doesn’t work then he admitted in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last summer that he was broken by North Vietnamese. So what are we to think here?

When the whole torture issue started to become public, why did John McCain say it didn't work? What did he get out of being honest on this topic? He knew that conservatives watch "24" like it's a documentary, so there was no upside for him unless maybe his own conscience made him come clean.

I'm not letting him off for his behavior on the military commissions or his flip flop on waterboarding, but what Limbaugh says is completely grotesque. As I've said a million times, conservative pundits can say just about anything without consequence. He uses propaganda put out by Hayden and Mukasey via the always-accommodating WSJ that Jon Perr wrote about on C&L: Mukasey Defends Bush's "Hypothetical" Torture

And as we've found out, nothing has come by the use of torture. NOTHING!

The debate over the significance of Abu Zubaydah’s role in Al Qaeda and of what he told interrogators dates back almost to his capture, and has been described by Ron Suskind in his 2006 book, “The One Percent Doctrine,” a 2006 article in The New York Times and a March 29 article in The Washington Post asserting that his disclosures foiled no plots. (His real name is Zein al-Abideen Mohamed Hussein.)

Of course there was Li'l Bush, who just didn't want to lose face, so I guess torture accomplished something, right?

"I said he was important," Bush reportedly told Tenet at one of their daily meetings. "You're not going to let me lose face on this, are you?" "No sir, Mr. President," Tenet replied. Bush "was fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell us the truth," Suskind writes, and he asked one briefer, "Do some of these harsh methods really work?" Interrogators did their best to find out, Suskind reports.

And so they did.

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