John Mc Cain, one of the creators of the legislation, also pulled this rabbit out of his hat. An open act of defiance by Colin Powell against Bush's policies regarding the treatment of prisoners.
GEN COLIN L. POWELL, USA (RETIRED),
Alexandria, VA, October 5, 2005.
Dear Senator McCain: I have read your proposed amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill concerning the use of the Army Field Manual as the definitive guidance for the conduct of our troops with respect to detainees. I have also studied your impressive statement introducing the amendment.
I fully support this amendment. Further, I align myself with the letter written to you by General Shalikashivili and a distinguished group of senior officers in support of the amendment.
Our troops need to hear from the Congress, which has an obligation to speak to such matters under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. I also believe the world will note that America is making a clear statement with respect to the expected future behavior of our soldiers. Such a reaction will help deal with the terrible public diplomacy crisis created by Abu Ghraib.
Those Senators who didn't support the legislation? The extreme right of the Republican Party, apparently.
Even amongst those who did vote for the legislation, there were many hypocrites who opposed it with their words and deeds, only to go on record as voting for it when crunchtime finally arrived. Chief amongst these hypocrites has to be Sen. Frist, who fought for the Bush administration tooth and nail to try to make sure this legislation never saw the light of day.
The next step is reconciling the Senate version of the Defense Appropriations Bill with that of the House. I wonder how many members of the House are willing to go on record supporting prisoner abuse...?!