Romney Still Supports Torture

May 15, 2007 at 10:14 pm | Posted in American politics, conservatives, Gitmo, McCain, Mit Romney, Mitt Romney, Mormon, neo-conservatives, Republicans, Torture, violence, War | 8 Comments

In tonight’s Republican debate, Romney signaled that he still supports Bush’s “enhanced techniques” which as McCain rightly pointed, amounts to torture. Chris Cillizza has the details.

McCain went first. He rejected the use of torture to obtain information, citing his experience in Vietnam as a prisoner of war. “It’s not about the terrorists, it’s about us,” McCain said. McCain added that so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” are torture, adding that his position was held by most retired and active duty military officers.

Romney backed “enhanced terrorism techniques” but drew the line at torture. He drew applause with his call to double the size of Guantanamo Bay, rather than close it.

Then again, Romney has not shown to be pretty informed about many things, including French culture, where he served for two years…why would he know a thing about these techniques?


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  1. Absolutely disheartening.

  2. Well, Romney’s credibility is completely shot with me now. Not that he had much, if any, before, but he’s slammed the door shut now.

  3. Mitt Romney is pretending to be someone he is not. He’s a fake. He doesn’t really believe this stuff, but he thinks that by telling Republicans he does he will somehow win their votes.

    It would have been better for Romney to just have stuck with what he really believed. But his continual shifting views at the most politically convenient times makes it hard to really know what he really believes.

  4. The man could sell iceboxes to Eskimos.

    GWB’s 2-0 campaign success has had an outsized impact on the tactical thinking of aspiring politicians everywhere.

    Defeat is the only cure.

  5. Dan,

    Have you checked out this Andrew Sullivan post on “enhanced interrogation” techniques?

  6. Guy,

    Yes I did see that. I actually commented on it on the “On Torture” Page. I really think Mitt Romney doesn’t even realize just what those “enhanced interrogation techniques” actually are, but only approves of them because the constituents whose vote he desires accept those torture techniques as American policy. How sad.

  7. Guy,

    I’ve just written a post about Sullivan’s piece and the New York Times article on the same subject.

  8. Thanks Dan, I’ll check it out

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