But it is not because of the massive national debt it is because of the governments right to torture prisoners. And I was beginning to think he had became a conservative.
The man behind the legislation, Republican Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner in Vietnam, said the move was backed by American soldiers. His amendment would prohibit the “cruel, inhumane or degrading” treatment of prisoners in the custody of America’s defence department.
The vote was one of the largest and best supported congressional revolts during President George W Bush’s five years in office and shocked the White House.
“We have put out a Statement of Administration Policy saying that his advisers would recommend that he vetoes it if it contains such language,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan warned yesterday.
The administration said Congress was attempting to tie its hands in the war against terrorism.
I would like to hear from those that were or are currently in the military to know if they support this anti-torture legislation and why or why not that way I can make a more informed opinion on the subject but currently I am saying that when a few torture and go unpunished they make the whole military look bad. I also acknowledge the military is punishing the criminals but I think this legislation is needed.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Another hollow veto threat? Bush makes history – a five-year streak without saying ‘no’:
“For fiscal conservatives, it’s frustrating to watch,” says David Keating, executive director at the Club for Growth, a Washington group that advocates fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. “He’s beginning to lose all credibility with these veto threats.”