Posted: 12/16/14 09:19
by Dave Mindeman
Congressman John Kline decided that it was safe to talk to reporters after the mid-term elections. But did he really say anything?
He called last week's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report that alleging torture against alleged terrorists "purely partisan."
"This is created by Senate Democrat staffers to criticize the CIA and previous administration," Kline said. "There may be things that are true concerning torture, and maybe not, but I don't like a one-party report. There's not one Republican drop of ink in that report."
Torture, he said, "Should not be a partisan issue. We should not give (this report) objective credibility."
So, apparently what Kline is saying is....since Republicans won't talk about torture and any Democratic report is by definition, partisan, then Kline has decided he won't talk about it period.
On the one hand he says there may be some truth about torture in the report, but on the other hand, Democrats are giving us that truth, so we should reject its credibility.
That defies logic.
Kline has one part right...torture isn't a partisan issue. It is a topic that should be discussed openly and our elected officials should weigh in on the matter. But Congressman Kline doesn't want to discuss it in a substantive manner, he simply chooses to ignore it.
Kline uses the "partisan" excuse all the time. And that is because he only thinks of things in partisan terms.
A torture discussion would be uncomfortable and cast the US military in a bad light.
So in Kline's world, the topic needs to be ignored.