After more than a year of escalating and de-escalating tensions, John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Donald Trump, the President elect, are still at it.
From my own memory, the first I saw of the two feuding was when Donald Trump attacked McCain as only having been deemed a war hero over his prisoner of war status. After days of back and forth between the two, at an event hosted by the Family Leadership Summit, Trump said “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Needless to say, the two don’t get along very well. Now as Donald Trump prepares for the presidency (something McCain has never experienced), he’s being criticized again by McCain.
As Web Daily reported:
McCain has likewise castigated President Elect Trump for being in favor of and promoting the idea of waterboarding our enemies during war. Despite Trump’s win McCain is not backing down from this belief.
At the Halifax International Security Forum McCain told reporters,
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do … we will not waterboard. If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we’d have them in court in a New York minute.”
He means business because it certainly sounds like he is serious and not playing around. His New York comment could definitely be a nice pun on Donald Trump’s heritage and New York background. This issue is one that McCain has never wavered on. He has always been a staunch opponent of waterboarding as he was held for five years during the Vietnam War as a prisoner of war.
Trump during his campaign said they would use any means necessary to get the intelligence data they needed. Including but not limited to waterboarding. McCain and others have called it a war crime and branded it as an ineffective tool of war.
For anyone whose forgotten, when Trump was asked whether or not he’d support water boarding, he said he did – and would support much worse.
What do you all think? When it comes to waterboarding, while I feel no sympathy for the terrorists subject to it, if it doesn’t work as intended, is there a point? Maybe Trump will have a solution in what he’s going to do instead of waterboarding.