McCain has also said that on his first day as president, he would close the Gitmo detention center and move the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth -- all in the interest of improving America's negative image in the world. But by boarding the Democrats' propaganda train here, McCain has already done more damage to our image than closing the prison could ever negate.
McCain has wisely offered to take Obama on a tour of Iraq to edify him on the progress we've made since the surge. Maybe in turn he should consider having his own eyes opened on other critical aspects of our national security effort.
For example, perhaps Sen. McCain should meet with telecom executives away from the public cameras and learn their true concerns about their sacrificially patriotic contribution to the war effort and their refusal to go forward without immunity. Maybe he should also take another tour of Gitmo and talk with those on our side who have served there, instead of galloping to the politically correct conclusion that this country mistreats enemy prisoners.
For starters, he could interview a former U.S. Army reservist who recently e-mailed me about a story I related in my book "Bankrupt" concerning how our forces at Gitmo had duct-taped a prisoner's mouth shut to keep him from chanting. The reservist knew I was defending our troops but said the incident was even more defensible than I had described.
He said the prisoner had begun a mini-riot with his chanting and that he -- the reservist -- was on one of the special response teams that "had to go into the cell blocks with riot gear and basically detain and keep the rest of the population from breaking down their gates." He continued, "I was drenched with human waste, which was thrown on us as we entered individual cell blocks to detain inmates."
"It is amazing," he wrote, "how the liberals tell America that we are torturing (the prisoners). If they only knew the real story behind what happened then maybe they would not degrade me and what I stood for when I was in the Army. If I had to do it all over again, I would without any regret or doubt."
We conservatives are not demanding purity from McCain, but he sure ought to be more reliable across-the-board on his premier issue of national security.
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