Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sneak Attack

I wondered when the Bush administration would do this. Since John McCain’s proposed anti-torture legislation would use the Army field manual to set the standards for treatment of detainees, it was only a matter of time before Bush decided to change the field manual. And it shouldn’t be surprising that the addendum to the field manual that makes these changes is classified. You have to love this administration. They want to have a positive public image that says we treat prisoners humanely, while at the same time having the flexibility to use harsh interrogation techniques. When are they going to learn that they cannot have both? I have a feeling that this could seriously derail the current talks underway over McCain's legislation.

I also find it a little bit disturbing that Condoleezza Rice seemed to send a slightly different message to the Heritage Foundation then was given to Europeans in Kiev.