Call Bush's bluff

Only three Republican Senators ever even bother making Cheney mad--John W. Warner of Virginia, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina--and he let them know they were in trouble with a private talking to last July. But, suitably chastened, they've made few peeps since then. Now, with the anti-torture ammendment, McCain and crew have to decide whether they want to "play nice" and compromise the wording on an anti-torture ammendement that forbids "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of anyone in U.S. custody.

Donald Rumsfeld, talking out of both sides of his mouth, said the White House was meeting with the House and Senate to try and find "acceptable wording." In the same breath, he said prohibiting torture would "tie the President's hands" and that "We want our people treated humanely."

I guess that depends on your definition of "our people."

So send the ammendment to the White House already and let's see if Bush is really willing to make this the first veto of his presidency.

Could anything better expose the hyprocisy of an administration that insists that "we don't torture" while fighting to preserve its right to do so?


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