John McCain's "Very Disappointed" in GOP Presidential Candidates' Positions on Waterboarding

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This is John McCain's "very disappointed" face.
Arizona Senator John McCain -- who spent the better part of five years getting tortured by North Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War -- took to Twitter this morning to let some of his fellow GOPers know that he's "very disappointed" in their positions on waterboarding, a controversial CIA interrogation tactic.

"Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture," McCain "tweeted" this morning.

The senator's referring to comments made by several Republican presidential candidates during a debate in South Carolina Saturday when the issue of whether waterboarding is torture was brought up.

"I don't see [waterboarding] as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique," Herman Cain said during the debate.

See video of the debate below.


Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also is totally down with waterboarding.

"If I were president, I would be willing to use waterboarding. I think it was very effective. It gained information for our country, and I -- and I also would like to say that today, under Barack Obama, he is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA," Bachmann said.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney didn't discuss waterboarding during the debate, but his campaign says he, too, doesn't consider it torture. In fact, he and McCain sparred over the issue during the 2008 GOP presidential primary, which McCain ultimately won.

Two GOP presidential candidates -- Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman -- agree with Arizona's senior senator when it comes to waterboarding.

"It's illegal under international law and under our law. It's also immoral, and it's also very impractical. There's no evidence that you really get reliable evidence," Paul said.

"We diminish our standing in the world and the values that we project, which include liberty, democracy, human rights, and open markets, when we torture," Huntsman added.

Regardless of how you feel about waterboarding, watch video below of conservative radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller getting waterboarded -- after previously claiming the practice isn't torture, that is. Enjoy.


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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Lots of rascist comedians made their appearance here yesterday, I see.    I suspect there are more out there.

CrackMeister
CrackMeister

And we are very disappointed in you John.

Morton
Morton

Waterboard Obama and ask about his birth certificate or if he has ever sold his whore for money.

f b
f b

you kiss your mom with that mouth? probably right ameright?

Morton
Morton

Yes, I did bone your mom. I'm sorry I did it now 'cause we frands and all. But she good bro. 

Vern
Vern

I boned that ass too. I asked her about f b's dad.. she said she wasn't sure, but she was into "nigra homeless dudes that sucked cock for a living" as she was trying to reform them. She said no luck.

Stanky
Stanky

Dude, that whore rode me like a jackhammer. I feel bad though because F B is kind of a tard and all.... but still she a horn dog!

Car_del99
Car_del99

Here's an idea...waterboard Cain to find out if he is lying about those 4 women...( it's not torture anyway . right ? ) plus to see if he is lying about  god talking to him Waterboard.. Bachmann  she got nothing to lose... she's an idiot anyway , maybe after that her mind will be lucid...

wtf
wtf

c'mon I believe waterboarding is torture but that youtube video is not waterboarding that was pure drowning!!! they were pouring the water right in his mouth, they normally cover the entire face with the towel

Hock
Hock

I thought waterboarding was stopped under Bush at the very end of his tenure.  Am I remembering wrong?

Reggie VV
Reggie VV

Ron Paul can be incredible lucid on some points, although delusional on others.  I do admire the man, but disagree on many things.

Jason
Jason

John McCain opposes waterboarding? Who knew?

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

McCain is one of the very few politicians on his level who actually has some clue concerning the nature of torture. Generally I don't put too much stock in the whole veteran schtick, but in this particular case his opinion is an informed opinion. I can at least verify from personal experience that the incarceration has a way of changing one's perspective. To be incarcerated, mistreated, and tortured must be in an entirely different ball park -- one in which McCain has played.

f b
f b

too bad for him he was against it before he started to run for president

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Everyone who has served this country knows all too well that if we waterboard our enemies, our enemies will waterboard our captured soldiers.  Not good for our service members to be subjected to torture EVER.   If I EVER get a chance to meet Bachmann, I'm not even going to ask whether she wants a creme pie or a lemon mereinge.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I thought that was McCain's "straining on a stuck turd" face. It's so hard to tell with him.

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