From the International Herald Tribune:
A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he might consider opposing President George W. Bush’s choice for U.S. attorney general if the nominee says waterboarding is not torture.
Sen. Lindsey Graham joined two top Senate Democrats in urging nominee Michael Mukasey, a former federal judge, to disclose his views. Mukasey so far has refused to say explicitly what his position is on the lawfulness of the interrogation technique, which simulates drowning.
Where ya been, Lindsey? Out shopping for rugs in Baghdad, maybe? What took you so long to speak up?
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Last week, the committee chairman, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Dick Durbin, a committee member who is part of the Democratic leadership, said their votes would hinge on whether Mukasey states his answer on the record.
Leahy has refused to set a date for a vote on Mukasey’s nomination until he clarifies his answer to that question.
Also Sunday, Republican Sen. John McCain said the waterboarding issue was an important one as he decides whether to support Mukasey’s nomination.
“Anyone who says they don’t know if waterboarding is torture or not has no experience in the conduct of warfare and national security,” said McCain, a 2008 presidential candidate and a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Sen. Christopher Dodd, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would oppose Mukasey because of the nominee’s legal views.
“Mr. Mukasey’s position that the president does not have to heed the law disqualifies him from being the chief attorney for the United States,” Dodd said in a statement.
Here’s a little food for thought. If the United States, under the Chimp-in-Chief, is not torturing, then why are Graham and McCain are so upset? If they are upset because they think that there is torture going on, then why the hell have they not screamed for impeachment? Graham was one of the House managers in the Clinton impeachment. Whatever happened to the rule of law that we heard about over and over and over and over again?
If Mukasey keeps refusing to answer the question as to whether or not waterboarding is torture, I say they waterboard him until he answers.