One of the questions directed at the candidates in the Republican presidential debate on CNN recently dealt with the subject of waterboarding as a technique used in interrogating enemy combatants.
I found John McCain's answer somewhat troubling. He is opposed to the procedure, and I respect his right to do so. However, his reason for opposing it is what I find troubling.
His claim that waterboarding is torture seems insignificant when compared to the torture inflicted on captives of the terrorists. He stated that this kind of treatment of enemy combatants is not what has made this country great, thereby inferring that it is the abstention of aggressive interrogating techniques that has made this country great.