Michael: McCain kicks Bush/Cheney's brutal assesBush was forced to accept McCain's ban on torture under pressure from an unvetoable alliance McCain built in Congress. Bush didn't so much acquiesce as scream for mercy like a kid in a head-lock.
Now, I think that McCain is a consummate politician, by which I mean he's a self-aggrandizing blowhard who talks a much better game than he deals, but I absolutely give the man his props for going to the mat on this issue. He piled every gram of political capital he had into opposing a strongly held Administration position, which is also politically radioactive among the deepest red of the GOP base, and he did it for our troops and our national honor. Sure, he looks good for doing it, but he damn well deserves to look for doing the right thing for the right reasons.
I'll say this about McCain: I would prefer a yellow dog who's registered Democrat over any Republican for President, but if McCain were to succeed in his quest for the Presidency at least I could sleep at night knowing that a man who demonstrates fidelity to a vision of the American national interest at heart is running the country. I sure as hell can't say that much about the one we have now.
UPDATE: This all assumes, of course, that Lindsey Graham's ammendment which would block habeaus corpus for certain detainees is passed (making the whole provision dead letter from outset) or that the Pentagon doesn't stuff a bunch of secret procedures for interrogation into the Army Field Manual. I seriously wouldn't put anything past these shits at this point. They wouldn't make the effort to toss a starving man a crust of bread, but they'll move heaven and earth to torture the bastard if he might be Al Qaida. Love those Christian values.