"Anyone who knows what waterboarding is could not be unsure. It is a horrible torture technique used by Pol Pot and being used on Buddhist monks as we speak. People who have worn the uniform and had the experience know that this is a terrible and odious practice and should never be condoned in the U.S. We are a better nation than that," - Senator John McCain, on Michael Mukasey's refusal to state that waterboarding is torture.  Rudy Giuliani's defense of waterboarding as not torture.

It tells you everything you need to know about what has happened to the Republican party that this good man is now ignored on a subject on which no other Senator has comparable authority. But Dick Cheney, a man who never served his country in uniform, now gets to define the meaning of American honor down. For him, as for the Khmer Rouge, waterboarding is a "no-brainer". Actually, it's a no-souler.

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